By Mark Hallum
The party’s over for the Party City on Northern Boulevard.
Rising overhead costs and a crowded parking lot have forced a Bayside staple from its home of more than 20 years. Party City is looking for a new storefront, according to the proprietors.
Owner Richard Tinari said the franchise at 213-02 Northern Blvd. will be looking for a new location after the current landlord raised the rent by 50 percent.
But food vendors have also brought another set of problems. Over the past year, a halal stand and a Greek food truck have attracted hungry motorists who eat in the cars, taking up parking spaces.
“With the rent being raised and the food vendors continuing to use our lot with no help from the community or law enforcement, it made no sense to continue at this location,” said Tinari in an e-mail.
The store owners are looking for a new space in Bayside, while the College Point location will operate as usual.
“We would like to thank the many, many people who have shopped Party City over the last 20 years. We truly appreciate it and we hope to see you soon,” the e-mail said.
According to the landlord, a walk-in medical center will be taking Party City’s place, and the last day for the fun store will be Jan. 8.
Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at mhall