JACKSON HEIGHTS — A Gap Outlet store is set to open by the end of the year in a former Rite Aid space on 82nd Street — the second such store in the borough, according to the director of the street's business improvement district.
The large pharmacy at 37-32 82nd St. closed its doors Sunday. It will be subdivided and the Gap store will take over two-thirds of the space, said Seth Taylor from the 82nd Street Partnership.
The owners of the building haven't announced the tenant that will occupy the other third of the location. "It looks like they may be ready to open their doors fall 2014," Taylor said of Gap.
This would be the second Gap Outlet shop in the borough, with another store on Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica.
"We think it'll be a great addition to the 82nd Street shopping corridor," Taylor said.
"As an anchor store, it will drive more shoppers to the district, which will help all the businesses who are here."
Rite Aid has occupied the landmarked building since 2000, according to city records. A spokeswoman for the company said it made the "difficult decision" to close the store because it was underperforming.
"We chose not to renew our lease and have discontinued operations at that location," said Ashley Flower, a spokeswoman.
All of the 82nd Street store's employees have been moved to the nearby Rite Aid on 37th Avenue, she said.
Prescriptions from the 82nd Street Rite Aid are now being accepted and distributed at the nearby branch as well, which recently expanded.
An email to Gap's press office was not immediately returned.