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Banana Republic Outlet Heading to Jackson Heights, Business Group Says

By Katie Honan | July 14, 2015 5:31pm
 The new Banana Republic Factory Outlet is under construction
The new Banana Republic Factory Outlet is under construction
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JACKSON HEIGHTS — A Banana Republic Factory Outlet is set to open on 82nd Street, according to the street's business improvement district.

Leslie Ramos, the director of the 82nd Street Partnership, confirmed the store will open at 37-41 82nd St. in early November.

It's the first Banana Republic outlet in Queens, and there are two other locations in the city — one in Brooklyn, and the other in Manhattan.

The location was formerly an ABC Super Stores. 

An email to a spokesperson for Banana Republic did not respond to an email requesting comment. 

The outlet is the latest in a slew of chains to open on the busy commercial strip, which has sparked concerns from local groups who fear the BID — which is spearheading an expansion — will price out small businesses.

A Gap Factory Outlet, which is owned by the same company as Banana Republic, opened on 82nd Street in 2014. There's also four cell phone stores in a row, a Carter's and a Payless store.

In March, some business owners protested the BID and said the rising rents are making it harder for smaller businesses to survive.

"If the rents keep going up, then I'm going to have to pass that down to the consumers," said Sergio Ruiz, 55, who owns nearby Mi Estrella Bakery, where he got his first job after emigrating from Mexico in 1985.