Central Avenue Storefront Currently Vacant

Property is next to municipal parking lot and chain stores.

A 3,100 square-foot storefront on Central Avenue is now available to rent.

Rent for the property, at 416-418 Central Ave., is negotiable, according to a LoopNet listing. The ground-floor property includes a full store basement and a 35-foot façade on Central Avenue with dual access from the rear of the store.

The store is adjacent to a municipal parking lot and is close to many known businesses.

What would you like to see move in to this property? 

inwood queens Resident February 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Yes i.e more tax loop holes make it more profitable for some property owners to keep a property vacant. This is a issue that only the community can resolve by creating laws that force property owners to keep the store fronts occupied. Empty stores hurt other businesses as well as property values in surrounding areas who wants to be the only open store in an empty shopping district. I know I'm not attracted to a area with only a limited selection of places to shop. Another problem is some store owners can't stand completion and would do anything to stop other businesses from opening in the same area. Just look at what's going on Rockaway Turnpike with Costco's plans to open a gas station and look at what Lowe's went through to open. From what I understand a powerful local businessman that owns quite a few businesses and property on the block was none to pleased that he couldn't get a piece of the business.
5TResident February 11, 2013 at 11:19 PM
i.e. instructor: I think that was a Waldenbooks. They closed for the same reason that GameStop on Central Avenue closed - rising rents. I used that Waldenbooks all the time and when I heard it was closing, I spoke to the manager and asked why. I was told that it was NOT because a lack of patronage - the store was always pretty crowded. It was because that the landlord had raised the rent so high that it was no longer profitable to operate a store at that location. Same thing happened to GameStop. No disrespect to Blue Door books but we need a solid chain bookstore on Central Ave.
i.e. instructor February 11, 2013 at 11:35 PM
even the chain stores are closing in largely populated areas. so, if the reason is that rents are too high, and there are tax loop holes, the 5Ts are basically screwed. now what?!
inwood queens Resident February 11, 2013 at 11:56 PM
No this isn't funny i.e But when you have a business district that tries to keep a small percentage of a community happy this is what you get. Most people only have a limited amount of time to go shopping and enjoy time off from work. For me Friday night, Saturday and Sunday are my days to do my shopping and go to dinner. But I know if I want to go shopping Friday after work or Saturday Cedarhurst Hewlett and Woodmere are closed. If I was planning to open a business I would not open in a area that was closed when a large portion of the consumers know that everything is closed. As for shopping on Sunday Cedarhurst doesn't really have anything I'm interested in purchasing.Banana Republic and William Sonoma are great stores but I like to shop WS online and when I go clothes shopping nothing beats Roosevelt Field mall in my book more choices. I also like bacon on my cheese burger, Ham and cheese on my egg sandwich and the tacos I like have meat and cheese in them so not many places for food that I like to eat.
i.e. instructor February 12, 2013 at 02:09 AM
no, it's not funny. i'm very dismayed at the situation. woodmere and hewlett are more diverse so other types of eateries or stores could open but haven't. in fact, there was a much touted Business District merger and NOTHING has happened to put something in the empty stores. many towns have developed walkable shopping areas but good luck having people in hewlett or woodmere walk to a store. if there isn't adequate parking there isn't a snowball's chance in hell the store will last....except for the Clock repair, the Antique store and the strange Fairy-ish one around the corner from Hewlett FD. For some reason, these three have outlasted everyone. ;)


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