Queens Center Mall in 2007
|Location||Elmhurst, Queens, New York City|
|Address||90-15 Queens Boulevard|
Elmhurst, NY 11373
|Opening date||September 12, 1973|
|No. of stores and services||198|
|No. of anchor tenants||2|
|Total retail floor area||966,499 square feet (89,790.7 m2)|
|No. of floors||4|
|Public transit access||New York City Subway: Woodhaven Boulevard ()|
New York City Bus: Q59, Q88
MTA Bus: Q11, Q21, Q29, Q38, Q52 SBS, Q53 SBS, Q60
Queens Center Mall is an urban shopping mall in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, New York City, at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Woodhaven Boulevard. Queens Center Mall is the largest mall in Queens. It is currently owned and managed by The Macerich Company, who purchased the mall in the 1990s. The mall has a gross leasable area of 966,499 square feet (89,790.7 m2) and 198 stores. It has one of the highest returns in sales per square foot in the United States, with 2002 sales of $953 per square foot, almost triple the national average.
The mall is adjacent to the Woodhaven Boulevard station (M and R trains) on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway. It is across the street from the former St. Johns Hospital and the Rock Church. It is also off Exit 19 on the Long Island Expressway.
Queens Center Mall opened on September 12, 1973, on land previously occupied by a children's amusement park named Fairyland, a supermarket, and automobile parking. The original anchor tenants were Abraham & Straus and Ohrbach's. The mall underwent a major expansion from 2002 to 2004, nearly doubling in size as the original mall was renovated and another wing was added to the east of 92nd Street.
For a limited time during the 2006 Christmas shopping season, the Macy's location in Queens Center was open 24 hours a day, becoming the first to do so. Since then, it has had all-day operating hours during every Christmas shopping season.
On March 8, 2019, the mall was evacuated when an appearance by rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie was cancelled and fans rioted and looted stores, including the Foot Locker. The mall reopened the next day.
Macerich says that the center had average sales of $953 a square foot in 2002, the last year for which figures are available; the national average for similar enclosed shopping regional centers around the country in 2002 was $330 a square foot, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.
In 2006, Macy's Queens Center store was the first Macy's store to go 24-hours. Due to its unprecedented success, Macy's added additional store locations for the 2007 and 2008 holiday seasons.
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