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Forest Hills Haagen-Dazs Shop Closes Amid Fierce Competition

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | September 20, 2016 4:53pm
 A Haagen-Dazs store recently closed in Forest Hills.
A Haagen-Dazs store recently closed in Forest Hills.
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FOREST HILLS — An ice cream shop that's served the neighborhood for more than two decades recently closed after a number of other frozen treat parlors opened nearby.

A note that read "permanently closed" was taped to the front door of the Haagen-Dazs store, at 70-40 Austin St., on Monday.

“We thank you for your support and look forward to serving you at your nearby Haagen-Dazs location,” the note also read.

Former employees at the store told DNAinfo New York that the closure was rent-related but did not elaborate.

The property owner did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

A representative for the chain confirmed that the Austin Street Haagen-Dazs closed but did not provide any further information.

“Any business that closes, it's a loss,” said Leslie Brown, president of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce.

"They had a lot of competition."

Over the summer, several ice cream shops opened nearby on Austin Street including Snow Story, which serves Thai-style ice cream rolls, and Snowdays, which specializes in shaved cream.

Shake Shack, which opened in Forest Hills in May, also serves frozen custard and a local Dunkin Donuts offers Baskin-Robbins ice cream.