January 30, Staff Report
The saturation of frozen yogurt stores has led to the demise of one Astoria fro-yo shop.
16 Handles, the chain frozen yogurt shop, has closed its 37-07 30th Avenue store, which opened in 2012 when frozen yogurt reached its peak in popularity. The building now has a sign outside advertising the space as available to rent.
The chain faced stiff competition on 30th Avenue. Within the eight blocks between 31st Street and Steinway Street there are at least two other frozen yogurt shops on 30th Avenue, with another just around the corner on Steinway.
The chain now has 10 locations throughout the city, though the Astoria branch was the only Queens location.
The 16 Handles chain did not return request for comment on why the shop shut down.