BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO
Queens’ first HomeGoods store is scheduled to open the doors to its location at The Shops at Atlas Park, located at 8000 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, on Sunday, Nov. 15.
The store will be located in the large space that was occupied by Amish Market and Rosetta Wine and Spirits nearly a decade ago. Much of it had been vacant since that time, though for a period, a Subway restaurant occupied a portion of the space.
“I think the HomeGoods is a great addition to Atlas Park and I am sure that many others feel the same way,” said Glendale Civic Association president Kathy Masi. “We have very limited places to find household goods in the area, and I look forward to the store’s opening. I am sure it will be successful as long as they have a good inventory.”
Crews have been hard at work uniting the two retail spaces into one large space for the superstore’s arrival. They were also spotted installing large store signs on the front and sides of the building, just above the artisan stained-glass awnings and lanterns.
“We look forward to a fall opening, before the holidays,” a source close to the project said.
The Nov. 15 grand opening was confirmed by HomeGoods spokeswoman Robyn Arvedon.
While many in the Glendale community are excited about the new HomeGoods opening, some voiced concerns over the possible implications the arrival of the discount housewares store could have on neighboring mom-and-pop home décor store The Fair, which has been a neighborhood fixture since 1938. The Fair operated on Myrtle Avenue for decades before relocating to Atlas Park in 2007.
A representative of The Fair could not be reached for comment as of Monday.
HomeGoods’ sister store, TJ Maxx, opened at Atlas Park in 2014 in the space once occupied by Borders bookstore. Both HomeGoods and TJ Maxx are owned by TJX Companies.
“We’re very excited to be the first HomeGoods in Queens,” said a source at Atlas Park. “It should be a great opening and we’re looking forward to it.”