Bayside Paint Place will be moving to a new, larger store on Bell Boulevard to accommodate an expanded inventory set to include wallpaper and window treatments.
The store is currently located at 41-23 Bell Blvd. and will be moving only two spaces down to the larger corner spot at 41-27 Bell Blvd., which formerly housed a McDonald’s franchise.
Peter Ha, who has served as general manager of Bayside Paint Place for seven years, told The Courier that there is very good business to be done as a home improvement store on Bell Boulevard. While the Bayside commercial stretch is rich in dining and nightlife options, there is little local competition for a paint or home decorating store.
“When you look at Bell Boulevard, you can see restaurants and food and you have choices,” Ha said, “but when it comes to decorating in the neighborhood and stuff like that, over here you don’t see any, and nobody really does it.”
The abundance of single-family homes in Bayside and northeast Queens generate a constant demand for custom home decorating supplies, and according to Ha, customers often came into the store asking for more than just paint. Wallpaper in particular was a popular request for its classic style, and the store also received frequent inquiries on window treatments.
Jimmy Bougadis, a loyal patron of Bayside Paint Place, said that Ha has given him great advice on how to complete construction projects and that his customer service is also at a much higher level than at other stores.
“In the other stores, you go in and ask a question, but they’re very busy and don’t give you any attention,” Bougadis said. “Peter smiles to you and says good morning. It makes me feel good.”