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Update: Gap Closes Steinway Street Location, To Open as Gap Factory Store in July

31-48 Steinway St.

May 22, 2018 By Tara Law (Updated May 23)

Gap’s Steinway Street location is being converted into an outlet store, which will open in late July a Gap spokesperson said Tuesday.

The Gap location at 31-48 Steinway St. closed on May 15 and is being remodeled and converted into a Gap Factory store.

Clothing sold in Gap Factory shops is made specifically for the outlet stores, and is typically less expensive and of lower quality than the main store. 

The nearest regular Gap store is now located at the Queens Center Mall at 90-15 Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst.

Gap Inc., which also controls Banana Republic, Athleta, Old Navy as well as its namesake, Gap,  announced plans to close 200 “underperforming” Gap retail stores in Sept. 2017, while opening 270 Athleta and Old Navy stores.

Gap stores are believed to have been adversely affected by the popularity of online retail, as well as “fast-fashion” stores like Forever 21.

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No doubt made in countries with substandard wages, and thereby perpetuating the race to the bottom everywhere. Including here.

It’s sad. Haven’t shopped at Gap for years – there is much better competition from other retailers these days. But the downgrade says a lot about Steinway Street’s prospects for renewal. Not good.


“Clothing sold in Gap Factory shops is made specifically for the outlet stores, and is typically less expensive and of lower quality than the main store. ” The GAP had expensive clothing with inferior quality. Win Win! If only Fallas would go away


They email 50 percent off coupons every week. Why would any one go into the store?

Harry Ballsagna

You actually get better deals in the store because you can combine discounts. Online you can only usually use one at a time.


I have experienced that the Gap Factory store also carries larger sizes so that more people will be able to shop there (like normal size people that are not size 2!). Have not really noticed inferior quality to the regular store but factory store seems to have more of a selection. I think it is a good thing.


The Gap is trying to appeal to the majority of people that actually shop on Steinway. Shopping on Steinway is considered “low end” just like many parts of Astoria no matter how many new “luxury” apartments they put up.


Oh my, aren’t you “insightful.” You must be one of those “well-read and informed” types that only reads “high-end” and “literary” websites like the Astoria Post.

Francine Alvino

I was told The Gap Factory has lower quality than Gap sores.I will check it out gor myself.I love Gap banies and Adult clothes????


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