Retailer Reconsidering Rego Park Mall Site

Apr 16, 2009 Full story: Queens Tribune 33

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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Pete

Cliffside Park, NJ

#21 May 15, 2010
There is a pioneer supermarket on 99st and 63 rd that's pretty good
Raf

Bristol, CT

#22 May 30, 2010
Can anyone tell me what other retailers are on the mall itself? You know like...clothing, shoes, etc. If anyone has been there, please let me know what you think.
honey

United States

#23 Jun 25, 2010
So far from what I heard its Costco (7/8/2010 @ 8am. Five Guys in mid July. Toys R Us by September 2010. Also a few more restaurants not sure which ones. A Starbucks would be great @ this shopping center.
Viviana

Flushing, NY

#24 Sep 5, 2010
I just don't understand why that mall doesn't open a STARBUCK'S coffee??? I mean... There are a bunch of DUNKI'N DONUTS all over queens blv ....that sucks!!!! Hoooo by the way B.B.Q ??? That's the best thing ever finally I don't have to go all over the city to eat in one if those thankkk youu ....... People in rego park pleaseeeeee I want to ask all of you to support the starbuck's comment ... Thank's again
Karen

New York, NY

#25 Sep 5, 2010
They closed a SBUX in the mall where Macy's Furniture is (I think that's the Target "mall"). There's a SBUX in the Queens Center Mall and then the other nearest one is at the corner of either 67 or 68 avenues (where the old Knish Knosh used to me. Now THAT is a small SBUX).

Costo is great, but its such a schlep to wheel my cart home, and you do have to watch the prices.

They have a lot of crap in that mall, and they are opening more crap. But I heard they were opening an Aldi's (grocery type store) and I cant see how that store would work with the Costo...unless they serve a different clientele.
lost battalion hall

Middletown, NY

#26 Sep 6, 2010
Rego Park is a nice place to live.
Liz Zonneche

Rego Park, NY

#27 Oct 3, 2010
maxinev wrote:
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.
Whoever designed this mall should have considered the winter season.
It is too cold to hop from store to store. Did they forget we
have 4 seasons in NY?
lost battalion hall

Middletown, NY

#28 Oct 3, 2010
We still think Rego Park is a nice place to live
Andy

Melbourne, FL

#29 Jul 10, 2011
How about a Super Stop & shop
ialogue

Flushing, NY

#31 Aug 5, 2011
I was one of the first commenters to this thread nearly two years ago (see comment #4) and it's been a long time coming but I am happy to see a good bit of my wish-list has unfolded at the mall. Rather than Starbucks we've happily gotten the step-up of having a Panera added recently, with its fresher-tasting coffee, halfway healthy fare (I'm vegetarian) and finally (!) wi-fi. Their comfortable seating and AC are a blessing at the this time of year. Red Mango Frozen Yogurt is great and another nice addition that's an improvement over the greasy long-standing food truck and vendors that have hemmed in the ends of the mall's "Galleria" outdoor space. The developer did a great job with the flowerpots/landscaping, large benches, plus tables and chairs that now let you eat "al fresco," something we Rego folks normally don't get to enjoy. The 2 supermarkets (Aldi & Costco) are different enough to offer locals a good choice in food shopping experiences, though I am disappointed the natural/organic foods issue was not really addressed.(63rd Drive's "Fresh Value" does offer a natural market now with late hours and a good selection but they are a bit overpriced on some things. I was sorry to see the small family-run "Organic Market" on 63rd Road leave us this year.)

I know everyone loves the BBQ restaurant and it certainly increases the mall traffic. There is now a good selection of different services/shops at the mall and not too much redundancy, thank God. I am really looking forward to the opening of the Pier One Store, and since there still seems to be more space, I do hope that a bookstore and a movie theater are being considered. We sorely lack those cultural amenities here.

I don't think the city's transportation authorities have sufficiently addressed the nearby subway. Adding automated turnstyles to the exits that were closest to the mall so they now can also be used as entrances was better than nothing, but the problem of getting shopping bags, carts, strollers and the like through was not properly addressed. There is no security or manned booths, or even Metrocard machines! And I still believe if there is any place on Queens Blvd that an elevated walkway spanning it could be built, the subway exits at 63rd and Junction is the place to do it. It should also incorporate elevators going down to the subway level for the handicapped and elderly. It's amazing that there is no handicapped accomodations for travel in this busiest of NYC shopping areas (DOT and MTA, wake up)!

Very happy to read in local papers that Vornado is finally addressing my previous challenge to them to actually follow through on their promises to add more "green space." The parking lot area that caps the end of Lost Battalion Hall's Park will become parkland now, and this will be directly across from the mall on Junction Boulevard.(There will still be a truncated commercial parking lot area remaining along the Horace Harding expressway.)

So, thanks Vornado for making a positive difference to the community as well as the bottom line (where's that "Community Meeting Room" by the way?) Do please plant as many trees as possible--the resulting shade, and cool clean air are badly needed. The mall's Galleria is well laid out and my suggestion now is to add some benches facing out on the upper mall tiers... You've installed clear glass barriers there, so putting in benches for shoppers to rest at and enjoy the view and breezes only makes sense!
Albert

Melbourne, FL

#32 Sep 5, 2011
I find it dumb that they opened a SUBWAY! I wanted them to open a BLIMPIE! I mean...there are like 50 SUBWAY stores on Queens Blvd and they just SUCK! I LOVE Blimpie because they never skimp you on the meat! But i LOVE the BBQ! Now I don't have to go all over the city to eat! But why the heck did they open a stupid Subway! I want a BLIMPIE! Subway is pathetic! Please respond to my Blimpie comment,boycott Subway,write a petition against the store,write some letters,and make some noise! PLEASE! I hate Subway with a passion!
Albert

Melbourne, FL

#33 Sep 5, 2011
We really need much better food shopping in Rego Park, why not a Super Stop & Shop? or something like that. Queens has no good large food stores. Even a Costco would be better than what we have. I agree with the above posts, Subway is pathetic, we have no nice restaurants, coffee shops, theatre or book shops.A TARGET would be amazing!
David

Melbourne, FL

#34 Sep 5, 2011
The Librarys not pathetic!

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