March 22, 2016 By Michael Florio
The owner of a Jackson Heights sneaker and clothing store claims he is getting priced out of his location.
City Jeans, located at 37-12 82nd Street, will be closing next week, with the owner saying he was unable to keep pace with the rising rent.
“National chains are coming here [82nd Street] and throwing their money around,” he said, adding that they are pushing rental prices up.
The owner said although he has been a good tenant, with a great business, large retailers have much deeper pockets to spend on rent.
“They want to make it [82nd Street] like Fifth Avenue and it’s not,” he said.
The store owner does not expect to be out of business for long.
“I will reopen,” he said. “It is just a matter of time.”
He said he will open a new location and hopes it will be close to his current shop.
I’m glad to see the junk gone, in the past, classy stores were on 82nd, and then became a flea market, with nothing interesting, just cheap and trashy merchandise,
They Have to LEARN ENGLISH if They Want to WORK!! That Will Be NICE ALSO!!
Once upon a time the stores on 82 street were nice. Then a slew of cheap low class stores took their places. Now those are getting moved out. Be nice if the new ones were nice, locally owned stores, but the chain stores are still better than the ones they’re replacing.
Those small stores shouldve been left. Im happy 82nd is getting REAL stores like gap ,banana republic ,etc.
Yes i totally agree with you!
That’s sad. I like the small clothing shops on 82nd.
Welcome to THE NEW JACKSON HEIGHTS! We’ll all be gone soon! Enjoy your chains & franchises everybody! #VerySad
Keep ya Place CLEAN or You Will B Gone ALSO!
Good BRING Some AMERICAN Stores to The AREA..