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Target to Open at Former Jackson Heights Cinema Site

The "small-format" shop is part of the retailer's expansion throughout the city. 
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ELMHURST — Target is opening up a store at the site of the former movie theater on 82nd Street, which will be transformed into a multi-story retail and commercial building, officials said.

The 22,700-square-foot store is part of the retail chain's expansion with "small-format" locations in denser parts of the city, like a shop planned at the Essex Crossing development in the Lower East Side.

The company also opened another smaller store in Forest Hills in December, with a CVS Pharmacy, household items, clothes and more. 

The borough's newest Target is projected to open in 2019 and will be on the ground floor of the new retail center called "The Shoppes at 82nd Street" at the former movie theater location at 40-31 82nd St.

"The Shoppes" is being developed by Sun Equity Partners and Heskel Group, whose brochure for the development includes up to six floors of office buildings and a community center.

The Jackson Heights Cinema, which had reopened in 2010 and played films in three languages, closed in 2014 after owing back rent. The developers bought the location for $27 million last year.

Target will join a number of chains on 82nd Street, including a Gap and Banana Republic Outlet, and an Old Navy.

A representative for the developers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.