|Location||Elmhurst, Queens, New York City, USA|
|Address||90-15 Queens Boulevard
Elmhurst, NY 11373
|Opening date||September 12, 1973|
|No. of anchor tenants||2|
|Total retail floor area||966,499 square feet (89,790.7 m2)|
|No. of floors||4|
|Public transit access||New York City Subway: Woodhaven Boulevard ( )
New York City Bus: Q59
MTA Bus: Q11, Q21, Q29, Q52, Q53, and Q60
Queens Center is an urban shopping mall in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, New York City, United States. It is located at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Woodhaven Boulevard, adjacent to the Woodhaven Boulevard station (M R trains) on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway. It is across the street from St. Johns Hospital and the Rock Church. It is also off Exit 19 on Interstate 495 (the Long Island Expressway). Queens Center Mall is the largest mall in Queens. It is currently owned and managed by The Macerich Company, who purchased the mall in the 1990s. The mall has a gross leasable area of 966,499 square feet (89,790.7 m2) and 150 stores. It has one of the highest sales per square foot in the United States, with 2002 sales of $953 per square foot, almost triple the national average.
Queens Center opened on September 12, 1973, on land previously occupied by a children's amusement park named Fairyland, a supermarket, and automobile parking; the original anchor tenants were Abraham & Straus and Ohrbach's. The mall underwent a major expansion from 2002 to 2004, nearly doubling in size as the original mall was renovated and another wing was added across a local street.
For a limited time during the 2006 Christmas shopping season, the Macy's location in Queens Center was open 24 hours a day, becoming the first to do so. Since then, it has had all-day operating hours during every Christmas shopping season.
- "Queens Center Market Profile" (PDF). Macerich. p. 5. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
- "Queens Center: Leasing Opportunities". Retrieved January 6, 2010.
- Siwolop, Sana (March 3, 2004). "Renovations And Renewal For a Mall". The New York Times. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
Macerich says that the center had average sales of $953 a square foot in 2002, the last year for which figures are available; the national average for similar enclosed shopping regional centers around the country in 2002 was $330 a square foot, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.
- "83-Hour Shopping Marathon Begins at 7 a.m. on December 21 Through 6 p.m. on December 24 at Macy's Flagship in Herald Square; Seven New York City Metro, New Jersey, and DC Area Stores; Plus Four Midwest Stores in Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit Area; Four Additional NY and NJ Stores to Have Extended Hours until 2 a.m." (Press release). Macy's, Inc. December 15, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
In 2006, Macy's Queens Center store was the first Macy's store to go 24-hours. Due to its unprecedented success, Macy's added additional store locations for the 2007 and 2008 holiday seasons.