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Papa John's Pizza will be opening in Whitestone soon.

Local pizzerias in Whitestone may have to scoot over, the corporate giant Papa John’s Pizza is coming soon.

The franchise-run pizza shop, will be located at 159-39 14th Avenue, near Whitestone Commons, Foxy Nails and across from the Pie Zanno’s pizzeria.

Nonetheless, some Whitestone residents are not too thrilled about their new neighbor.

“Better than a spa but seems silly in Queens to open a chain pizzeria, didn’t last on Bell Boulevard which has much more traffic,” member Lizzie Mac posted on the Facebook group of civic association We Love Whitestone.

“We have real Italian pizza in Whitestone, are they nuts? It won’t last 6 months,” Lorraine Kyriazis replied on the July 18 post.

On the other hand, some Facebook users offered reasonable responses toward the arrival of Papa John’s Pizza.

“Better than a vacant store,” William Maher said.

Maybe everything should stay vacant cause it seems like whatever does open no one is ever happy with it,” Theresa Laspisa suggested.

A “Now Hiring” poster is advertised on the store window, alongside a “We’re not open yet!” sign.

QNS has contacted Papa John’s for information on its opening date but received no response.

We are also awaiting a comment from Pie Zanno’s about their new competition.

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Dennis Guerrerio July 27, 2016 / 09:19PM
No one seems to have any problem with McDonald's, all the big chain corporate stores, hair and nail salons up the gazoo, Chinese restaurants, two dollar stores practically next to one another.
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