Top Story # 9: New businesses

News 12 The Bronx is counting down the top stories of the borough of 2013 as voted by our viewers, and coming in at No.

The Bronx Opera House Hotel opened in August on 3rd Avenue and 149th Street.

The Bronx Opera House Hotel opened in August on 3rd Avenue and 149th Street. (12/23/13)

THE BRONX - News 12 The Bronx is counting down the top stories of the borough of 2013 as voted by our viewers, and coming in at No. 9 is the number of new businesses that have either popped up or were announced this year.

For starters, a number of new stores will be coming to Co-op City, as construction is underway for a major expansion to the mall at Bay Plaza. Officials say the mall will bring in hundreds of jobs with more than 100 specialty stores in about 800,000-square feet of new space.

New construction is also taking place at Broadway Plaza Mall in Kingsbridge. Developer Equity One says that a TJ Maxx, Aldi Supermarket and Sports Authority are on the way and will act as anchor stores. The development is expected to also bring hundreds of jobs to the area. It is scheduled to open in Fall 2014.

Finally, the Bronx Opera House Hotel opened in August on 3rd Avenue and 149th Street. It contains 60 rooms, starting at $120 a night. Each room includes a refrigerator, microwave, safe, free WiFi and a continental breakfast. The Opera House stage has hosted performances by Harry Houdini, the Marx Brothers and Lionel Barrymore. The hotel employs 15 people, 75 percent of whom live in the Bronx.

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