By Jenna Bagcal
In the works for several months, Old Navy will soon open its doors at a Bayside shopping center, according to a spokesperson from Cord Meyer Development.
The spokesperson confirmed that the popular clothing chain would be open for business by the end of October or early November at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center, located at 23-98 Bell Blvd.
A photo of an “Old Navy” sign was first posted in the Bayside Hills Civic Association Facebook page Oct. 18.
“We’re very excited for the store to open,” said the spokesperson for Cord Meyer, which owns and operates the mall.
In April, Gap Inc. announced that it would be closing about 200 underperforming Gap and Banana Republic Stores worldwide in favor of expanding Old Navy’s brick-and-mortar presence.
One month later, reports surfaced that the Bay Terrace would be closing its Gap location over the summer to make room for the Old Navy.
The shopping center has seen several changes over the past few years, including the closures of The Children’s Place and Ruby & Jenna in September.
A Cord Meyer representative confirmed that a Spectrum Cable store would replace The Children’s Place, which sells children’s apparel and accessories.
There have been no set plans for replacements for the Ruby & Jenna storefront, which specializes in high-end fashion that has garnered a “cult following” in places like Long Island, Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Connecticut and New Jersey.
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