Retailer Reconsidering Rego Park Mall...

Retailer Reconsidering Rego Park Mall Site

There are 33 comments on the Queens Tribune story from Apr 16, 2009, titled Retailer Reconsidering Rego Park Mall Site. In it, Queens Tribune reports that:

Rego Park Center has already lost one retail giant and may be losing another. Just weeks after Circuit City closed shop, Home Depot, the second largest retailer in the United States, expressed uncertainty about its deal to rent a significant portion of the shopping center's 950,000 total retail square feet.

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maxinev

New York, NY

#1 May 2, 2009
I think Home Depot is making a mistake if they do not go ahead with opening a Rego Park location. There are so many people in this area and their only competition would be Sears. I believe they would do extremely well with a store here.
Ken - Rego Park

Woodside, NY

#2 Aug 25, 2009
I was looking forward to the new Home Depot in Rego Park, I'm only 3 blocks away and would have been very convenient. However, the Depot on Woodhaven is also very close and easily accessible.

What the area really REALLY needs is a real super market.... something other than all the crappy Food Bazars, and the like, that are only availble around here.

A nice big Stop and Shop, or similar large national chain, or even a big warehouse supermarket such as SAMS, Costco, BJs would be nice. I think the need for a store like this is far more needed to the residents of the area.
lightchannel

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Sep 2, 2009
I agreed. I'm conflicted - the home Depot would bring a lot of traffic, but it will be a great convenience to have giant chain for getting things done easily for apt./home. There're too many people living in this area. It's been already congested!
Ken - Rego Park wrote:
I was looking forward to the new Home Depot in Rego Park, I'm only 3 blocks away and would have been very convenient. However, the Depot on Woodhaven is also very close and easily accessible.
What the area really REALLY needs is a real super market.... something other than all the crappy Food Bazars, and the like, that are only availble around here.
A nice big Stop and Shop, or similar large national chain, or even a big warehouse supermarket such as SAMS, Costco, BJs would be nice. I think the need for a store like this is far more needed to the residents of the area.
ialogue

White Plains, NY

#4 Sep 3, 2009
I hear they have pulled out but do agree that the Home Depot was needed. I've lived for nearly a decade in Rego Park and have watched the few, small hardware stores here close one after another. As a creative Do-It-Yourselfer in this neighborhood of good but aging apartments, it would be great to step out and quickly find hardware or supplies without making a major trip somewhere else (and I can't keep a car for hopping over to the Woodhaven store, either).

My fondest wish is that the new mall will address some quality-of-life issues. Nearby Subway enhancements would be most welcome. I've looked at the architects' website online and seen various sketches that seem to include open-air places to hang out—will we perhaps be able to sit and enjoy a real cup of coffee, access wi-fi on a laptop, or to look at/purchase books? Why must Manhattan, Brooklyn and Forest Hills have the monopoly on these social and intellectual pursuits? It would be wonderful if local residents and weary shoppers could take a coffee break while at the mall or explore avenues of entertainment that are not necessarily electronic. We see that the Starbucks have been closed at both the Target and Atlas Malls. Why don't they have a go here, they'd certainly have no competition from the fast-food/zero-ambiance mentality of our Dunkin' Donuts.

Having worked in design and marketing myself, I know it's only common sense that including a Starbucks, B & N or Borders will help keep shoppers AROUND, instead of forcing them to zip in and out in their cars quickly all day (God help the already-beleaguered Boulevard pedestrians!) Other chains could be considered, but I mention the big ones here because obviously the mall is facing some monetary cutbacks in these tough times, and these chains are less of a gamble because they are already set up for mall environments.

One new thing Starbucks might actually TRY THIS TIME is to offer a decent amount of seating and tables indoors and out so shoppers or residents might desire to become regular repeat customers! The mall might become a place to MEET others to shop with, and all the mall's stores will benefit from that.

It's been a while since I read of the developers' initial plans that were aired to the local community (to help justify/sell the idea of yet another mall being built here), but I haven't seen any sign of Vornado's plans of incorporating other nearby outdoor space for visitors to enjoy. Weren't they suggesting that the park and lot across from the mall (behind Lost Battalion Hall) would be redesigned to give local residents/shoppers much needed trees and green-space, in return for the increase of noise and congestion that the mall will bring? It would be unconscionable if Vornado's only contribution to that community concession is the construction trailers they have had parked in these spaces all that time. I say, if the funds are available, they should follow through on those ideas, and they'll further create a buzz that will attract new residents to Rego. Maybe then it will become economicallly feasible to continue building the mall's residential tower that they now have on hold.

I thought I also read of allusions to letting people have access to the mall's finished outdoor rooftop. The people of Rego Park deserve amenities like these, since they will help us absorb the pollution and traffic of such an overbuilt amount of retail. What do Regoans think about this?—please post your comments! What do you say, Vornado? Will you say, "We'll be happy to break even in regards to recovering our monetary output on the mall," or will you say, "We actually made a different and significant contribution to the Rego Park community."?
zbl

New York, NY

#5 Sep 14, 2009
Hi, everyone, I heard that Costco will move in to the newly built Rego park center. Is it true? Thanks!
rkrk1

New York, NY

#6 Sep 26, 2009
How about a theater? Moved here a few months ago, and where are the theaters? Closest ones are in Forest Hills and frankly, they aren't that great.
Also, I agree the subway entrances needed to be renovated/improved. And OPENED. Why is it exit only in front of Sears?
aes59

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Sep 27, 2009
I never understood why RP could not support movie theaters. I grew up here and we used to have the Trylon on Queens Blvd (heading towards Forest Hills)...now a Bukharian Community Center. The Elmwood, also on the Blvd (across from Target)...now a church.

As I wrote in the Tribune, I have always felt that RP is the poor step-sister of Forest Hills. We have an inferior public library (recently updated but not expanded), little or no park space (the benches by the former Sizzler is as close as it gets), etc.

When politicians campaign, they shake hands up on Continental Avenue. Have you ever seen a public official reach out to his/her constituents on 63rd Drive?(Actually Rudy Guiliani made an appearance at Bens Deli...but that was almost 20 years ago.) We certainly have a comparable dense population but are continually overlooked.
Karen in Rego Park

South Ozone Park, NY

#8 Oct 5, 2009
As of now (Oct 5 09), what shops are scheduled to open (and when)....I havent walked by the site in a long time.
Forest Hills Garden

United States

#9 Nov 14, 2009
I believe Home Depot made a right decision, they pulled out due to it's close proximity of two other HD Locations, one is Glendale, NY (Near Intersection of Woodhaven + Metropolitain) and another two by College Point Blvd. in Flushing, NY and College Point, NY...
Karen in Rego Park

South Ozone Park, NY

#10 Nov 14, 2009
No one seems to want to do ANYTHING OF REAL QUALITY in Rego Park. Even the Macy's in the Queens Center Mall is inferior to the Macy's in the city.

I would LOVE a LARGE supermarket such as "Stop 'n Shop" in that mall. The supermarkets on 63rd drive are just "OK".
rachael

San Jose, CA

#11 Nov 25, 2009
I agree with the supremarket idea.
Our supermarkets are extremely dirty and service is horrible.
Costco, you are more than welcome to be here in Rego Park!
vanessa

New York, NY

#12 Nov 27, 2009
We really need much better food shopping in Rego Park, why not a Whole Foods? or something like that. Queens has no good healthy /organic large food stores. Even a Costco would be better than what we have. I agree with the above posts, the library is pathetic, we have no nice restaurants, coffee shops, theatre or book shops. Even a PETCO would be great.

When is this going to open?
Karen in Rego Park

New York, NY

#13 Nov 29, 2009
I vote for COSCO. I vote for ANYThing decent. unfortunately I doubt this area would support anything of quality. Just take a look at the Macy's at Queens Center Mall, that and most of the other stores there are an abomination.
laurie anderson

New York, NY

#14 Feb 21, 2010
I think having a costco in Rego Park would be great. I have been to the supermarkets around here and they are nothing to brag about. The prices are a little high and not enough selection. I always go to costco wheni have the chance. They have everything. They will do very well here. I will support them.
Carina Q

White Plains, NY

#15 Mar 13, 2010
Extremely excited about having Costco in Rego Park Mall! I would also love to have a Starbucks inside the mall where shoppers can have a cup of coffee and take a break from shopping. The mall should offer more seating areas, especially during warmer months. A nice book store and a movie theather would add some cultural ambience or quality to the neirborhood.
Mike

Forest Hills, NY

#16 Mar 28, 2010
When is the Costco coming to Rego Park???
Andrea S - Rego Park

Stamford, CT

#17 Mar 31, 2010
I heard that Costco is NOT coming in...not enough parking for all the customers who buy tons of stuff and need cars to transport it. The public transport can't support the store either...imagine people getting on the bus/subway with big cardboard boxes of stuff! Apparently the space is not properly configured for tractor trailers to unload all the merchandise, either. I hope this is just a rumor and they are coming in.
Austin

Petaluma, CA

#18 Apr 7, 2010
The Rego Park Costco will be opening in mid June. I hope to serve all you soon.
Andrea S - Rego Park

Stamford, CT

#19 Apr 8, 2010
Thanks for the good news Austin!
Milli

New York, NY

#20 May 12, 2010
I am really looking forward to the Costco opening. The supermarkets in the area are a disgrace to the sensibilities.'Food bazaar' and 'Met Stores', both have monopolized their corresponding neighborhoods, they are dirty, very highly priced for low quality food. Most often these two stores sell products way past their expiry dates.
I will, of course, be shopping at Costco for my grocery needs. I like high quality foods, but not prepared to go all the way to the Trade Joe's on Metropolitan avenue.

Costco is very welcome here in Rego Park.

Food Bazzar and Met Store have exploited their costumers enough. I don't think the smaller Russian stores will go out of business though. They sell specific food products from Russia which is not available in main stream American supermarkets.

About traffic, its already bad. But they have nice car parking space available in the new mall. I don't think parking will be a problem.
There is a very high concentration of people in this area, due to all the apartment buildings. Costco will do great business. No need to buy extraordinary amount. Even if the neighbors come by foot and carry as much they can by hand, Costco will still do great business. There are just so many people living within the walking distance.

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