May 15, 2019 By Christian Murray
The owner of the Sunnyside UPS store that was destroyed in December’s fire will finally be opening a temporary location by the end of May.
Tony Tang, 65, the long-time owner, said his pop-up store—to be located at 45-18 Queens Blvd.– was originally scheduled to open at the beginning of April but was delayed by UPS’ corporate office.
“We had it ready, but UPS is a big corporation and everything had to meet company policy before we could open,” Tang said. “I was disappointed for the community and myself that we were delayed but finally everything has come through.”
Tang plans to stay at the pop-up until the beginning of 2020. He will then open a permanent space at 45-12 46th St., where La Nacional, a money transfer store, is still operating.
“I have a 10-year lease,” Tang said, adding that he will start renovating the space once La Nacional leaves this summer.
The pop-up store will be located in a space that was previously occupied by “The Case World,” and is on the same block where the fire broke out. The owner of Case World, who also runs the Verizon shop at 45-06 46th St., subleased the space to Tang.
Tang, a Thai immigrant, has operated a store on Queens Boulevard—between 45th and 46th Streets—for more than three decades. He ran Flagship Entertainment, a photo and video store at 45-04 Queens Blvd., for more than two decades before closing it in 2011.
He then divided the space to create two store fronts, one of which was the UPS. The other storefront went through several restaurant concepts before becoming Zen Yai restaurant. It too was destroyed in the fire.
Tang’s wife Lena, also a well-known figure, works alongside of him.
The UPS store is the second business to come back following the fire that also destroyed Sidetracks, Zen Yai, Romantic Depot, New York Style Eats and Better Line Hardware.
Better Line Hardware reopened about two blocks away at 43-24 Greenpoint Ave. in January.