For almost three years, the Howard Beach retail spaces that were once home to Blockbuster and Medysis have sat empty but this is set to change.
Three businesses, Cross Bay Chemist, GNC and the European Wax Center, have taken up the vacant store space on the corner of 157th Avenue and Cross Bay Boulevard and are ready to be opened very soon. Both GNC and Cross Bay Chemist already had stores on the boulevard but the wax center, which already opened on June 16, is brand-new to the neighborhood.
Cross Bay Chemist is set to debut in its new location on Monday, June 30, according to Frank Pantina, the owner. GNC is set to open up but is waiting for an official date, according to a worker at the store. They will continue to keep their current location open until then. Customers for all three stores will now be able to use the free parking lot that serves all businesses on the block.
There is still no word on what will take the soon-to-be-empty spots of the original GNC and Cross Bay Chemist.