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Representatives of Target and Queens Place Mall Perplexed By Community Board’s Announcement of Their Closure

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April 11, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

Representatives of Queens Place Mall and its Target location were baffled when they heard an announcement made by the chairman of Community Board 4 Tuesday that they were closing by the end of the year.

Louis Walker, Community Board 4 chair, said at the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night that the mall is likely to close by December and that Target is looking to move from that location to Middle Village.

Walker said the announcement has yet to be made official but that the recent spate of closures at the mall is a good indicator of its fate.

“It appears that the Queens Place Mall is going to be closing come December of this year,” Walker said. “If you’ve been in there recently, there are several stores that are already gone.”

But representatives of Queens Place Mall and Target refuted these claims and wondered where Walker got his facts.

Brandon L Singer, Managing Director of Cushman and Wakefield, the realty agent for the mall was completely astounded by the announcement and said there are no such plans for the mall.

“That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard,” Singer said. “That’s 100 percent not true.”

A corporate spokesperson for Target was also unaware of any plans for the store to relocate to Middle Village.

“We have no store closure plans to share at this time,” she said after saying that the information was unfounded and planned to contact Community Board 4 to keep them updated.

Walker expanded on his announcement at the meeting by pondering what would happen to the mall upon its closure.

“That’s a rather large parcel of land. We should be quite concerned to know what’s going to end up in that space if it doesn’t remain a mall,” he said.

Walker could not be reached for comment.

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53 Comments

Louis

They might not be closing the entire store but there are loads of items on the upper floor marked “do not inventory.”

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Beanball

To the idiot JH resident said immigrants don’t pay tax, white American Leona Helmsley was the one committed tax evasions. I’m sure many more American born didn’t pay tax, won’t pay tax, I meant white, black, brown, red, yellow, purple Americans.

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Anonymous

As much as I dislike Helmsley she was convicted of evading less than 2% of her total tax bill. Would you like to be held to that standard? Inflammatory though non evidentiary statements not withstanding.

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USA

There are many factors involved. What I see are greedy developers swooping in on areas + demolishing – building high rises. Who can afford to pay for the apts? Who would want to reside on Queens Blvd? It is more corruption!

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D.Neg.

I have seen many stores closing, it ok if they go to another site, that may be bigger and better parking, but the store closings? I have seen from A&S, Gertz,Grants,Woolworths,Alexanders,EJ Korvetts,Caldor,Sears,Kmart, Friendly Frost, and so many others, all that is left is Shopping on Line. Which is really not a good thing.. You have to buy and send back if its not to your liking… Please Lets get some sort of control! There are no stores left, almost, Queens is becoming a Concert City!!!

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Anonymous

Target should move into Toys R Us or National Liquidators building at 48 Street. If not we could use a Cosco or Trader Joes .

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Anonymous

I heard that the plan is to build a BJs where National once stood. Hope it’s true. Traders would be awesome too!!

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astorian historian

they should put target where the sports authority was instead of ditmars/31st

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Theresa Esposito

People wake up Queens and Elmhurst Is becoming apts house land once a builder gets his hands on a block of land he knocks down whatever was there and he builds a big apt house and then moves in 100 more people with money mean wait the people who need the apts don’t get them.

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Theresa Eposito’s 14 Cats

You wake up, Theresa. Wake up! Quit dreaming about commenting on Jackson Heights Post!! Wake up!!!!!!

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Princess Vespa

First Kohl’s at rego park and now this??? Really? If Queens is too poor why do so many people FLOCK to Queens??? Really?

Get rid of most of the car dealerships off of NORTHERN BOULEVARD!

This is the only real Target around here! Those pathetic pop-up stores are pretty much useless.

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Lucy

This has nothing to do with non documented Immigrants that Do pay their taxes BTW, it has to do with greedy Americans and Greedy Rich immigrants who come here to buy these properties and convert them into space we dont need. Look what happen to the Georgia diner space. Why don’t they build housing that us Middle Class or poorest people can afford? If not, leave our Target alone and go to Manhattan to make your dirty deals.

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Anonymous

Lmao. People up in this section are keeping in mad real. The people of Queens have caught on a long long time ago that overdevelopment in Queen done went Far and Beyond anybody can take. I used to go to Queens for fresh air now I’m in the city. Again.

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Lucy Montemarano

This has nothing to do with non documented Immigrants that Do pay their taxes BTW, it has to do with greedy Americans and Greedy Rich immigrants who come here to buy these properties and convert them into space we dont need. Look what happen to the Georgia diner space. Why don’t they build housing that us Middle Class or poorest people can afford? If not, leave our Target alone and go to Manhattan to make your dirty deals.

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Miguela Rodriguez

Please ,come on
Don’t close the business
It’s the closes mall for us in Astoria

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JH resident

The community needs to have a Target in that location. They have better prices and you can find anything there. Keep Target!!!

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kitty

they JUST finished renovating the store. why would they invest that money if they’re gonna shut down? makes no sense

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Anonymous

Have you been to Target lately? Someone need to loan them some cash to stock the shelves

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mps

Very simple. Loius Walker and CB 4 have already received their “envelopes” from the developers. See Melinda Katz for like minded decisions. Oh I want Claire S. back. Please…

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Anonymous

What does that have to do with stores closing? How dumb can you be . You might be the problem buying online everything and not going in person to buy stuff

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Princess Vespa

Well, that’s how you can truly compare and {gasp} not wait for your things!

Oooh! Totally new concept!!!

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Elizabeth Ortiz

I’m a Bronx resident,& I had shopped at that mall a few times with my friends. They had lots of interesting items to buy. I’m surprised that to read this. We don’t need anymore high rise condos.

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Bob

There’s always one with an idiotic comment. There’s more of you on welfare that aren’t paying taxes either still has nothing to do with the issue.

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Gobsmacked

I don’t know what immagrants are, but immigrants do pay taxes. And somehow I’m sure neither one affects whether a Target or mall stays open or closes by paying taxes.

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Unsilent majority in JH

I’m an immigrant raised in this country and know how to spell immigrant. Now back to your cave, troll!

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Anonymous

What does that have to do with stores closing? How dumb can you be . You might be the problem buying online everything and not going in person to buy stuff

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carol Blum

Immigrants do pay taxes. And the ones who are undocumented can’t collect any benefits at all.

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Anonymous

In fairness to the trolls, the children of illegal immigrants can and do collect benefits. If you wish to know how get a lawyer or social worker. I’m not here to advocate for the practice.

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Manny

And if everyone was supplied with a brain, you’ll have one too! One of the most ignorant, racist comments! By the way, is immigrants!

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Thomas E Tanczos

Immigrants do pay taxes, you dunderhead! If workers got paid a living wage, maybe they could afford to go there!

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Anonymous

You people are so ignorant !!!! You want to blame everything on immigrants gets your facts straight before talking Donald Trump ?

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Anthony

“IF iMmIgRanTS pAiD TaXEs” oh I’m sorry I could have responded with something more civilized like “the large majority of undocumented people do pay taxes without ever benefiting from them in their life” but I’m sure you wouldn’t understand that or even bother to research before you post something so stupid judging from your comment.

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JHeights my whole life

First of all Anthony JH does that to get a rise out of people he wants replies and likes. Check any story where his comments are found he always spells immigrants incorrectly. Second of all those undocumented aliens do reap many benefits from paying taxes. There children get free educations with free breakfast and lunch every single school day. They can use our hospitals, public transportation, and roads all things that everyone’s taxes pay for. You must not have kids in public school and I assume you don’t get your healthcare from Elmhurst hospital. If you did you would see the entire community legal residents as well as undocumented getting services their taxes pay for.

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Tony Rodriguez

If corporations like Amazon and Apple paid their fair share there would be no immigrant scapegoats. Then again people like you would find another fake reason to demonize immigrants

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zelda

IRS estimates that about 6 million unauthorized immigrants file individual income tax returns each year. Research reviewed by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office indicates that between 50 percent and 75 percent of unauthorized immigrants pay federal, state, and local taxes.

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Chris

Are you kidding me? Immigrants have nothing to do with it! You must be a POSTrump supporter

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princess

Could it be the Community Board already has plans for the “rather large parcel of land”???

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Phillip Roncoroni

That Target is much cheaper than the one on Austin Street. Also, Target will price match their website during checkout, so always scan your items first using the mobile Target app.

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