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Kohl’s to Close its Rego Park Store

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Jan. 14, 2019 By Christian Murray

Kohl’s is closing its Rego Park store, one of four stores the company plans to shutter nationwide.

The retail giant described the Rego Park store–and the three others– as “lower performing” in a Securities & Exchange Commission filing on Thursday. The other stores slated to close are in Valley Stream, NY, and the others in the state of Kansas and Louisiana.

The company said that it plans to close the four locations by June 30.

Kohl’s also cited “real estate and operational costs” as reasons why the four stores are closing.

Kohl’s Rego Park location takes up 133,000 square feet in the Rego Center. The announcement represents another blow to the mall, since it in comes in the wake of Sears closing.

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Rob

It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that Kohl’s would close . They are a store without a following or identity. They carried limited merchandise and their prices were too high . Target revamped their stores by lowering prices and carrying more choices to pick from . They even added grocery to become a more complete shopping experience. As far as what could replace Kohl’s in that space ,I think it time to finally allow Walmart to open witin the boroughs of the city and stop this petty B.S.

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Alicia

No way for Walmart! The reason why Walmart is able to offer low prices is because they use child labor!

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Maria

I like how so many think it is all about rent when this store has been in trouble for awhile (all Kohl’s). It is just part of an overcrowded retail landscape that does not offer anything special to set itself apart. Their prices are high. So you have Macys, Pennys, Target, Walmart, Sears, discounters and more to compete with. If you are not offering something unique to the customer and they see no value in your offerings, you will have a hard time of it.

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Paul Kersey

Once Alexanders was gone I never shopped in that area again. Most of these big box stores in the area look like they have been looted due to the indifference of the lowlives who frequent them…

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Alexandra-OC

Yep! They are animals. Don’t shop Queens mall either for that reason. I go to Westchester or Roosevelt Field.

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schazzz

People who characterize groups and peoples as lowlifes and animals in such a wholesale & prejudicial manner should be advised look in the mirror, if they can stand the ugliness they will find therein. You definitely live in the wrong place if you don’t appreciate the beautiful diversity of Queens New York.

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Scott

It doesn’t necessarily mean it to be racist go into any store and you see items allover the place

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Kimberely

If Kohl’s is closing there, I think TJX Companies should open a HomeGoods store in it’s place. Rego Park Mall has become a hub for off-price stores with Burlington, C21, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s…in Rego Park, these stores are ALWAYS busy! Both the working class and middle-class residents of the area would welcome this type of addition.

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ToMchStf

For me it was distance from train. Store was disorganized. I am sure it is rent and loss. Sad to close, miss it not Sears

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Allison Schonder

I feel the most sad for those who lose their jobs when stores close. Landlords should be able to raise rents in the manner that is in line with apartment dwellings. It is outrageous. immoral, and despicable that they are legally allowed to double the rent. Small business are doomed and each day we lose the fabric of our community where you see blocks and blocks of empty stores. Soon it will be a ghost town. On line shopping will not take the place of the joy of browsing at store items, making decision on what to buy and trying on that special dress or fabulous shoes. Will it next be that we can no longer go to a store to buy food and squeeze those ripe tomatoes? We are beginning the age of The Twilight Zone.

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Aurora Torres

Allison, you nailed it with your comment. This is very sad news. I was very saddened to find out that Sears had closed. I used to get so many items there and their prices were always so reasonable. I guess those days are forever gone and never to return. I feel the way you do about feeling joyful to browse in a store. That for me has always been fun. They are slowly taking everything away from us and that scares me a lot.

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Alexandra O-C

Landlords are allowed to raise apartment rents by any level they like unless they are part of the rent control law which is not many apartments. Landlords can double the rent for retailers if they will get it in the market. Most retail leases are 10 or 15 years with no increases therefore when the lease expires and is up for renewal landlords will want to increase from the last rent level.

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Jenn

I worked there it’s closing April 13, the clothes are not sloppy it’s the customers that make a mess and put the wrong size we’re it doesn’t belong I love that place

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schazzz

$15? The time for a living wage has come. The true “theft” was businesses making their blood profit on the backs of their least paid employees. The store was well-stocked with good quality merchandise but always empty, with few sales people on the floor to assist. It was too out of the way for foot traffic – they should have taken over the empty Sears store on busy Queens Blvd and mimicked nearby Target’s more successful sales practices. Of course that’s easier said than done…

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Midtowngirl

This is a big surprise. That area is very congested with customers. Gotta be the rent. For me the downside of going to that mall, which I do like, is having to pay for parking. Now I will go to Kohls in Fresh Meadows where parking is free. Unfortunately the Rego Kohls was always a mess with clothes sizes all in the wrong place and sloppy.

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Penguin

That’s why I shop in College Point , or Long Island where the parking is free. Plus the low ceilings in parking make me fee claustrophobic. And the insult to injury is you have to use a credit card in order to get out.

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Lupe Hobbs

At the rate retail is closing (that I as a walker/public transportation person see) – in LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, and more, the greed and lack of foresight in real estate development will bite us hard in a not-too-distant-future. You can only blow a balloon up so much before it explodes. Amazon’s move will be the crowning blow. People can only pay so much – so they don’t spend enough to keep retail satisfied – retail closes, rents don’t get paid, bankruptcies and foreclosures increase – coops go bust, etc. the developers and richie rich move on, claim losses and the neighborhoods and working class remain to clean up – like in the early 90’s? just my thoughts.

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Regom

Dont step too far ahead of the games yet buddy. Retails will find a new way to revamp themselves. Coop will never get bust and there are many investors out there are willing to invest.

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paul

Agreed, high rent blight will cause the next crash just like in 2008. The only question is when and how bad. Banks will be left to clean up the mess with bad banking practices, will not have the money and the average working stiff like the two of us will bail them out, while the rich do not get hurt.

In the 1970s, we had the opposite with rent control where the tenant stiffed the landlord, now it is the opposite.

There should be a ceiling on rents both high and low, with the free market determining the rates in between. This way you don’t have the massive crashes that will happen.

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schazzzz

Free market? Get real. Tee only thing free about a so-called free market is the freedom with which people are exploited by the lawless laws of the free market jungle.

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