The last remaining small stores along the Kissena Curve will be gone soon, replaced by an expanded kosher supermarket, likely reducing foot traffic on the street.
Aron’s Kissena Farms market has a Kissena Boulevard address, 72-15, but like the two megastores on the block, the recently opened Micro Center, an electronics firm, and National Wholesale Liquidators, the entrances are from the rear parking lot only.
The shopping area is between 71st and 72nd avenues. And even now there are few pedestrians walking along the east side of the street.
Merchants say the development’s owner has refused to give new leases to two well-established stores and they will be closing soon. Jasmine Health Foods at 72-09 Kissena Blvd. is winding up its business in a few days. Cards and Gifts at 72-05 Kissena Blvd. will finish within the month.
The owner of the health food store did not want his name used, but said, “They are forcing us out after 20 years. Is that fair?”