Gertz (department store)

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The shopping plaza in Jamaica, Queens which originally served as the Gertz flagship store.

Gertz was a New York-based department store, headquartered in Jamaica, Queens. Founded in 1918 by Benjamin Gertz, along with his five sons, the company was acquired by Allied Stores in 1941.[1][2][3]

Gertz had branch stores in Bay Shore, East Hampton, Flushing, Douglaston, Great Neck, Hicksville, Massapequa, and Lake Grove.[4] The 300,000 square foot Hicksville location was opened in 1956 in the Mid-Island Mall, known today as Broadway Commons.[5] In 1981, changing demographics caused the company's first store closure, its flagship Jamaica location. Later, the Bay Shore location was converted to a Stern's and then a Macy's. After Macy's closed the location, the building was demolished and a Lowe's was built on the site.[6]


  1. ^ Shipp, E. r (9 September 1980). "Some See Gertz Closing As an Ill Wind in Jamaica; Founded in 1918 Concern for the Future 'A Very Traumatic Experience'". Retrieved 6 February 2017 – via
  2. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths GERTZ, DIANA RADIN". The New York Times. 16 May 1997. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Allied Stores Corp". 20 April 1965. Retrieved 6 February 2017 – via
  4. ^ "Stern's Buildings Demoed - The East Hampton Star". Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  5. ^ Times, Special To The New York (17 March 1955). "GERTZ SIGNS FIRST IN BIG L. I. CENTER; Queens Department Store to Occupy Six-Story Building in New Hicksville Project". Retrieved 6 February 2017 – via
  6. ^ "The on-line museum of North America's independent department stores.". Retrieved August 21, 2013.