2018-04-11 / Front Page

Target, Marshals Stores Headed To Ditmars

By Liz Goff
A two-story building that houses a strip of Mom & Pop stores on 31st Street in Astoria will soon join the dustbin of history to make way for a new Target store.

The building on 31st Street near Ditmars Boulevard is currently home to a Subway fast food shop, Cohen’s Optical, The Rock Health & Fitness Club, two recently closed venues and a second-floor law firm.

A spokesperson for Manhattan-based A&H Acquisitions, managing partner of the project, said a small format Target store would occupy 47,000-square-feet of a new building that will go up at the site. A yet-to be announced retailer will occupy the remainder of the new building, real estate sources said.

“Target’s newest Queens small-format store will offer a unique shopping experience specifically designed for families with young kids, on-the-go commuters and young professionals,” Mark Schindele, Target senior vice president for properties said in a prepared statement. “We’re excited to provide Astoria and Ditmars-Steinway residents ease and convenience, with a curated assortment that includes household, home décor, beauty and kids’ products.”

The Ditmars location would be the third small-format Target store in Queens, according to a spokesperson for he retail giant. Target opened its first small-format Queens store in 2016 on Austin Street in Forest Hills, the spokesperson said. The retailer has announced plans to open a second store in 2019, at 40-31 82nd Street in Elmhurst, along with the Astoria location in 2022. Target is planning to open 130 small-format stores by 2019, in urban areas, dense suburban neighborhoods and near college campuses – areas that lack space needed for larger stores, the spokesperson said.

It is unclear when demolition will take place at the existing building. The developer has not announced an expected completion date for the new building

On another local note, officials at discount retailer, Marshalls, have agreed to lease a portion of a building under construction at 22-06 31sr Street in Astoria, according to a spokesperson for A&H Acquisitions. A&H is partnering in the development of a commercial building at the site, the spokesperson said.

Marshalls opened its first western Queens store on 48th Street south of Northern Boulevard in Long Island City more than a decade ago – one of the “Shops On 48th Street.”

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