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Duane Reade to stay for 15 more years in Flushing


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates, Inc. (KDA) has arranged for the renewal of a 14,000 square-foot, long-term lease for New York-based drugstore chain Duane Reade at 198-15 Horace Harding Expressway at the Cross Path Shopping Center in Flushing, Kalmon and Neil Dolgin, co-presidents of KDA announced.

“The Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates team worked closely with the owner to negotiate the best possible terms for the lease renewal of Duane Reade at the property,” said Neil Dolgin. “The prime location of the Cross Path Shopping Center offers tenants excellent visibility, and the close proximity of Francis Lewis Boulevard and I-495 provides customers convenient access to all that the center has to offer.”

Neil and Grant Dolgin of Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates represented the owner in the deal, while Winick Realty Group, LLC negotiated on behalf of the tenant.

In addition to Duane Reade, the 44,877-square-foot, one-story Cross Path Shopping Center features tenants such as Waldbaums grocery store, N&S Wines, a nail salon, pet groomer, T-Mobile and the Blue Bay Diner.

 

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220 Maspeth Duane Reade workers getting the ax


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Duane Reade is about to send half of its Maspeth warehouse workers packing.

The company, which has been a subsidiary of Walgreens since 2010, said it will lay off the unionized workers at its distribution center at 50-02 55th Avenue by next June.

The first round of cuts will begin on December 6 with 120 employees, and another 100 will be shown the door in April 2014, the company said. Currently, the company employs about 400 workers at the site.

“It was surprising because everything was going well,” said Michael Hayles, who has worked at the center for more than a year but will be laid off next month. “Hopefully, I’ll find another job.”

The distribution center has been in service since 1998 and steadily increased in operation.

But because of the increase, the company said that the building is too small, the ceiling height is too low and they would not be able to expand at the site.

“We are making these changes in Maspeth because the physical design of this distribution center is not up to standards necessary for a state-of-the art distribution system that is efficient, effective and customer responsive,” the company said in a statement.
Because the workers are members of the union Teamsters Local 210, they were able to get a severance package.

Duane Reade has agreed to pay the employees one week pay for each year they have worked at the center, as well as time-and-a-half for sick days and personal days.

The company has also hosted job fairs at the center and is scheduling workers for interviews with other employers. However, many say they are still searching for new options.

“It’s frustrating because no matter how much of an injustice you see it to be, there’s nothing you can do about it because the laws allow it,” a spokesperson from the union said.

 

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