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.