April 6, 2018 By Tara Law
An Old Navy has opened at the historic location of a Clark’s Department Store on 82nd Street.
The brand, which is known for selling inexpensive clothing for men, women and children, opened a new location 37-50 82nd St. Jackson Heights last week. The building was constructed in 1928 and is part of Jackson Height’s historic district.
The building was landmarked in the early 90s, but the property exterior was “highly altered” in a 1986 renovation, according to the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The building was formerly divided into three storefronts— most recently, Perfumania, Sprint and a clothing shop.
The commission approved the renovation in 2016, but required that the builders restore the look and feel of the original structure. The commission required the builders to build a facade that matches the building’s historic terra cotta facade and keep the configuration of windows on the second floor.
Old Navy combined 37-50 with a building at 37-46 to create one large store, replacing the entire facade to make the two structures look cohesive.
The company that owns Old Navy, Gap Inc., also opened a Banana Republic Factory store and a Gap Outlet on 82nd Street in 2015 and 2014, respectively.