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Macy’s discount store to open at Queens Place this week

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Updated Wednesday, Sept. 2, 10:51 a.m.

Shoppers looking for a bargain will have a new place to shop in the borough starting Wednesday as Macy’s opens a discount store at Queens Place in Elmhurst.

Macy’s Backstage, a new off-price store that the retail brand is opening in three New York Metro area locations on Sept. 2, will debut at the mall with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and marching band, according to a Macy’s spokeswoman.

“We are very excited to be debuting Macy’s Backstage store for shoppers in Queens who love fashion for themselves, their families and homes all at a bargain” she said. “Macy’s Backstage will entertain shoppers and will surprise them with designer deals and savings. The store will feature merchandise that will reflect the styles and tastes of the Queens shopper.”

Offering discounts at 20 to 80 percent off, Macy’s Backstage will feature both merchandise from previous seasons and newer products.

According to the retailer, each store will be curated to the “fashion styles of the community it serves.” Available items will include men’s, women’s and children’s apparel; shoes and accessories; housewares and home textiles; and an assortment of home decor, bath and beauty products, such as nail and hair care, as well as toys, tech products, gadgets and more. The store will also feature a beauty section where shoppers can sample and experiment with cosmetics and fragrances that include premium brands, and a Sunglass Hut outpost.

Each Backstage site is expected to give Macy’s shoppers a unique experience from its other stores, as they are a “more intimate venue,” according to retailer, ranging from 25,000 to 35,000 square feet. Macy’s also promises that each one offers an “easy-to-shop store environment,” with mobile check-out stations outside the dressing rooms, and other amenities such as free Wi-Fi, designated charging stations and accessible parking.

The other stores that will be opening along with the Queens location on Wednesday are at in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and Melville Mall in Huntington, Long Island. A fourth location in Lake Success Shopping Center in New Hyde Park, Long Island, will be opening on Sept. 19, and two additional stores in the Fordham section of the Bronx and Essex Green, NJ, will debut in late fall.

The selection of Queens Place as one of the first Backstage stores is particularly fitting, as the shopping center was constructed as a Macy’s in the mid-1960s. Though the store later relocated to the nearby Queens Center mall, Queens Place still houses a Macy’s Furniture Gallery.


Macy’s to open off-price store at Queens Place

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Macy’s will launch one of four pilot stores offering shoppers discounted merchandise at Queens Place mall in Elmhurst this fall, according to the retailer.

The off-price stores, to be called Macy’s Backstage, will average about 30,000 square feet and feature clearance goods from Macy’s stores. Shoppers will also find great values and special buys from well-known fashion brands, often between 20 to 80 percent off of original and comparable prices for similar merchandise. Those products will include women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, housewares and home textiles.

Each store will also offer amenities such as free Wi-Fi and a suite of spacious fitting rooms. There are additional plans to test a café concept at one location.

“We believe we can deliver a whole new level of value to customers who appreciate fashion and love to hunt for a bargain,” said Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief innovation and business development officer said in a statement released on Tuesday. “Macy’s Backstage stores will be designed to surprise and delight customers with continuously updated and fresh merchandise assortments focused on delivering current fashion with incredible prices, day in and day out, and enthusiastic sales associates.”

Sachse added that the retailer could open more stores following the pilot period.

“As with all of Macy’s innovations, we will test and learn to see what resonates most with customers so we can adjust before rolling out additional locations,” he said.

The other three stores, all in the New York City metro area, will be at 2027 Emmons Ave. in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn; Lake Success Shopping Center in New Hyde Park, Long Island; and Melville Mall in Huntington, also in Long Island.

But the selection of Queens Place as one of the pilot locations seems particularly fitting, as the shopping center was constructed as a Macy’s in the mid-1960s. Though the store later relocated to the nearby Queens Center mall, Queens Place still houses a Macy’s Furniture Gallery.


Inside St. John’s Hospital’s transformation into Queens Pointe development

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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

After about a year of construction, the former St. John’s Hospital in Elmhurst is beginning to look more and more like the new Queens Pointe residential and retail destination it will become.

The hospital, which closed in 2009, was acquired by a group of Asian-based investors for more than $50 million late last year, according to property records and published reports. Since that time, construction has been taking place to transform the 90-08 Queens Blvd. site’s interior space.

The seven-story building will have about 150 luxury rental apartments and a penthouse level with six units on the top four floors, while the basement, first and second floors will be used for a mix of community facility space and retail.

Construction on most of the apartments is almost complete and appliances have already been brought into some of the units.

The penthouse level features apartments with nearly 16-foot ceilings and views of the Manhattan skyline, as well as the Queens Center and Queens Place malls, which are across Queens Boulevard.

Marketing for the residential side of the building will begin early next year, according to a representative of Winick Realty Group, which is handling sales in Queens Pointe.

Marketing for the first floor and basement level, which are about 64,000 square feet combined, started months ago and received interest from various companies, including a gym, a supermarket and a clothing retailer. But the first floor and basement still have much interior construction remaining.

Representatives are negotiating with a school and a senior center to occupy part of the second floor. Construction on the second floor is partially complete, with new flooring, paint, ceiling tiles and lighting.

The development also includes a 250-spot parking garage across the street at 87-28 58th Ave., which will be available to retail customers and residents. Currently the parking facility has fading paint and graffiti, but there are plans to renovate the garage as well.


New retail space coming to Rego Park

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Rendering Courtesy of Winick Realty Group

New retail opportunities are coming to Rego Park just blocks from three major Queens malls.

Leasing has begun on 8,095 square feet of ground retail space at 92-77 Queens Blvd., which is currently under construction, Winick Realty Group announced. The site is expected to be move-in ready by 2015.

“We truly believe that this is an unparalleled opportunity for any retailer to position themselves in front of three major malls, Queens Boulevard, the Long Island Expressway, two subway lines and 10 bus lines,” said Winick Realty Group real estate broker Robert Heicklen.

Located adjacent to Rego Center and blocks away from Queens Center and Queens Place malls, 92-77 offers retailers 35 feet of all-glass frontage on 93rd Street and front- and rear-facing backlit signage.

Deals including one for a 16,000-square foot fitness center and another for a “well-known national coffee brand” are pending for two of the three spaces on the property, according to Winick Realty Group. The overall site features a 400-square-foot loading dock and on-site parking.

According to a Winick Realty Group online flyer, Retro Fitness and Starbucks are expected soon.

“Winick Realty Group is excited to represent this type of high-profile, high-visibility exclusive as we continue to expand our leasing efforts in the borough of Queens,” said Winick Realty Group President Steven Baker.



$24M asking price for Elmhurst lot near Queens Center

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An Elmhurst lot, located across the street from the Queens Place mall, has been put up for sale for $24 million, according to real estate company Massey Knakal.

The 47,365-square-foot lot, located at 88-18 Justice Ave., is one block off of Queens Boulevard and adjacent to the Georgia Diner.

According to the listing provided by Massey Knakal, there is a Restrictive Declaration on the property allowing it to be developed “per existing approved plans,” though these could not be confirmed. The lot can also be used for residential and/or community facility development, but would require termination of the Restrictive Declaration. The property has 227,352-square-feet of development rights.

The lot is located close to Queens Center mall and a block from the M and R train lines at Grand Avenue. It is also near all the major highways.



Shoppers line up for savings on Black Friday

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THE COURIER/Photo by Billy Rennison

Fighting off the tryptophan, shoppers made their way out after Thanksgiving dinner eschewing sleep and leftovers for some early morning shopping.

Nearly 150 million people were expected to take advantage of Black Friday sales throughout the country this weekend, according to a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey.

For some, Black Friday has become a tradition with Thanksgiving dinner providing the necessary energy for the shopping spectacle waiting the next morning.

“You eat, relax a little and then you’re ready to shop,” said Marilyn Bloom as she waited online outside Macy’s in Queens Center.

An estimated $586.1 billion will be spent during the holiday season, according to the NRF, a 4.1 percent increase from last year.

“Though the Black Friday tradition is here to stay, there’s no question that it has changed in recent years; already there is a tremendous amount of excitement and anticipation surrounding retailers’ Thanksgiving and Black Friday promotions,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.

Many shoppers have begun to skip the long lines of Black Friday, instead opting for the ease of buying online on Cyber Monday. For others, the yearly practice of lining up the night of Thanksgiving has become a tradition.

“I do this every year. I prepare, check the deals and know exactly what I want. That’s how you have to do it, or you’ll be lost,” said Gabrielle Gandy, 37.

While Black Friday has begun to creep deeper into Thanksgiving – some national chains opened as early as 8 p.m. on Thursday – most stores in Queens Center waited for the stroke of midnight before opening their doors.

A DJ spinning records on the bottom floor provided the soundtrack to the party-like atmosphere in the Queens mall.

Z100’s Skeery Jones was also on hand giving customers a chance to win gift cards to the mall through a bevy of games.

As midnight approached, a New Year’s Eve like anticipation built outside Macy’s, which had the mall’s longest line, with customers even counting down the time until the doors would open.

“You have to get in there fast, but you don’t want to get stepped on,” said Erick Cruz as midnight approached.

Once crowded hallways emptied as shoppers flooded into stores as soon as the gates rose.

While some shops had hundreds of people lined up waiting to get in, others had none allowing shoppers to stock up on savings while avoiding the waiting and the crowds.

“It’s kind of crazy not to come. You’re paying less and there’s not even a line,” said Vic Calderon at Banana Republic, which no lines, but was offering 40 percent off.

A couple of blocks west at Queens Place, buyers looking to stock up on gadgets lined up outside the mall’s Best Buy hoping to score the hundreds of dollars of savings the electronics megastore was offering on televisions, computers and phones.

A floor up at Target, customers poured in at 9 p.m. to stock up on clothing, electronics and appliances.

Wielding multiple bags in each hand, Rachel Morales, 36, said however crazy it may get on Black Friday, the crowds are well worth it.

“I’m done Christmas shopping. Maybe just a couple of more small things,” she said. “Wait to the weekend before Christmas and then you’ll see craziness.”