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Retailing it in Rego

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Finally ventured over to the relatively new Rego Center this weekend to take a look and actually do a bit of shopping. I know I am rather late in giving this new mall which opened some time ago some blog attention, but what can I say? I haven’t had a chance ’til now!

Overall, I really like it – especially the Century 21 perched at the very top. This is a much better version of the original one downtown in Manhattan. It is much more spacious, sparklingly new of course, and free of millions of European tourists elbowing with you for that last decent-looking $10 dress shirt. What more could you want?

The subterranean CostCo is also a sight to behold. It is enormous, as CostCo’s tend to be. But as I debated signing up for the $50 membership, I couldn’t help repeating to myself: “But will I really ever buy any of this stuff?” Maybe a 10-pack of paper towels, yes. But a 4-box set of Cheerios? I gave that stuff up a long time ago for the natural varieties anyway, I ain’t going to be switching back now just because I can get it in bulk.

My sci-fi-geared mind also couldn’t help thinking of the next Stephen King novel – Does CostCo realize it has built perhaps the largest bomb shelter ever? Food and water to last years? Check! Deep underground? Check. Endless amounts of clothing? Check! An endless supply of DVD’s? Check! Oh, and plenty of aspirin and other drugs too. You really could live there forever if you had to.

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  1. Crossing Queens Blvd
    November 8, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    I also think the developers did a nice job. It’s different to create an open air space instead of just another concrete box with stores inside. I think once Dallas BBQ and Aldi’s open this place is going to get even much busier.

    When this project was originally planned, Home Depot was supposed to be in the Costco space but they backed out as construction/home building slowed over the past few years. Also, there was supposed to be an apartment tower at the corner closest to Sears but the developer opted not to proceed when the housing market stalled.

  2. Crossing Queens Blvd
    November 8, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    This is a rendering of what Rego Park 2 was supposed to look like.

    Note: Since some blogs filter out web addresses, the address below deletes www & spells out “DOT” and you should replace it with the traditional web address.

    eekarchitects DOT com/portfolio/15-retail-entertainment-and-commercial/40-rego-park-center

  3. Kevin
    November 8, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    I went over to Rego Center back during the summer. While I am not a regular Century 21 shopper; I have found myself in the Westbury location about once a year. While I always felt it was hit or miss; it was beat going to the NYC location. In reviewing what was offered back in the summer, I was disappointed with the selection. I went through the men’s racks and saw nothing that I would consider to be a bargain. I think the top quality stuff is now going to GILT and Century 21 has become nothing more than a glorified Odd Lot.

  4. Lisa S.
    November 8, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Haha that’s a pretty good tip! Now I know where to head in case of an emergency.

  5. November 8, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    ummm what about having a mo’s and five guys over there! finally something to eat in that stretch!!!!

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