Dec. 15, 2015 Staff Report
A long-time Astoria fish shop is closing.
Astoria Fishery, which has been located at 22-78 31st Street for more than 40 years, is closing after the landlord sent notice to the business owners this summer informing them that they had to leave.
“The landlord said he no longer wants a fish shop in his building,” said Marina Theodoridis, whose husband Jimmy owns the store.
Longtime employee Neko Mizridis became quite emotional that they were leaving the store, adding that they have a lot of customers.
Marina said that she and her husband have found space at the back of the California Farmers Market, located at 21-61 31st Street, and that they started operating out of there on Friday. However, in the interim they are trying to keep their existing Astoria Fishery shop open over the holidays—and hopefully through Easter.
They are in the midst of negotiating a departure date with their landlord now.
The landlord could not be reached for comment.
Marina said that it is important for the existing store to stay open for a while so they can also notify customers of their California Farmers Market location. Furthermore, the Christmas through Easter period is the best time of the year for fish retailers, she added.
Jimmy Theodoridis, took over Astoria Fishery in 2006, and also owns Ocean Fish Market on 30th Avenue.
Landlords are such heartless assholes.