April 6, 2018 By Christian Murray
A number of stores by the Ditmars Boulevard station will be demolished in order for a new building to go up that will house Target.
The stores to be bulldozed are located in a two-story brick building on 31st Street–between 23rd Avenue and Ditmars Boulevard–and include Subway, Kapil bodega, a closed nail salon, a shuttered lunch venue, Cohen’s Optical, a law firm and The Rock Health & Fitness Club, according to a spokesperson for Alex Adjmi, the owner of the Manhattan-based A&H Acquisitions, who is the managing partner behind the development.
A new building will be constructed on the site that will be occupied by Target, which will be taking up 47,000 square feet, and one other yet-to-be-named store. For Target, this will be its third small-format store in Queens and it will offer household essentials, including home decor, apparel and accessories, and beauty supplies.
The existing building that will be demolished incorporates the addresses of 22-11 through to 22-25 31st Street. The spokesperson for Adjmi was unable to provide a timeline as to the new development. No building permits have been filed.
Earlier this week, however, Target announced that it planned to open at that location in 2022.
The developers of the site are also behind the new commercial building going up across the street at 22-06 31st Street, which was where CVS was located until 2015. Adjmi’s spokesperson said that Marshalls, the discount department store, signed up to be a tenant at the location this week. A health club is also likely to move into the space.
The Rock Health & Fitness Club has been rumored to be the tenant, although that has yet to be confirmed. The owner could not be reached.