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Discount Store Moves Into Former South Pole Space

Photo: Queens Post

Aug. 27, 2019 Staff Report

A discount store has opened up on Queens Boulevard where South Pole was located for decades.

D&F Deal Discount Store, which opened at 44-04 Queens Blvd. Thursday, sells low cost items much like a 99 cent variety store. The store comes to the boulevard almost a year to the day after South Pole shut down.

Haiping Wang, the owner of the D&F and a Sunnyside resident, said that he co-owns five discount stores with various partners. This store, however, is his first where he is the sole owner.

D&F occupies the ground floor of the two story brick building, with Western Queens Consultation Center on the top floor.

South Pole had been located on the ground floor since the late 1970s, after the prior Robert Hall clothing store closed.

D&F Discount Store (Photo: Queens Post)

The family-owned company was founded in the 1960s by Jerry Grossfeld, and specialized in “merchandise recovery.”

Grossfeld, who had two sons, died in early 2017 at age 78 of cancer. The family ran North Pole in Corona, a similar business that also closed last year.

 

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27 Comments

anabanana81

Some suggestions for empty spaces: a decent diner centrally located in Sunnyside, on QB; or a place like Sidetracks; or …wait for it…a book store! Perhaps not in that big space, but in one of the smaller spaces; Really.Good.Slice.Pizza. A decent bakery. The possibilities are there Agreed…let’s get something good in these spaces!

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Capt. Crunch

If and when the socialism so many of you idiots hope for hits you’ll hope for more 99 cent stores because there will be nothing else you’ll be able to afford.

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Wait how do dollar stores relate to socialism? lmao

Maybe save your tired rant for a different article?

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Jake

Don’t buy anything made in China. They use the money to suppress their own people and us!

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bxgrl

I’m glad they didn’t evict the Western Queens Consultation Center and bulldoze the building for a condo that no one can afford.

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Roxy

Doesn’t this have a business connection with a similar “discount” store on south side of Greenpoint Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets…Another nail salon is about to open under the name of La Queen on south side of Queens Boulevard near 40th Street in former premises of a Korean restaurant.

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Guest

Shame that crappy store closes even crappier one opens. South pole was much better 5-6 years ago now I realized what happened, when father got sick and eventially died, sons didn’t pay much attention to store.

We should rename our neighborhood to 99centland and have 99c mascots walk around take pictures like it’s theme park.

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Not really.

I just came from there. Wide aisles.. everything you could think of, and jumbo bottles of tresemme shampoo and conditioner for 3.99 ea!!! And a much wider selection than RUSH 99¢store!

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1800 Got Junk?

Oh great, yet another store full of cheap junk. Jeez can’t we get something better here?

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I want Whole Foods or Traders Joe or Aldi

Another convenience store! Yeay! I hope they also do nails and brow depilations, we need more of them in Sunnyside

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Anonymous

Better head to the only real nail salon in town, Sunnyside Nail Spa which is very decent if the reviews say so

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Nword

In other words you want more gentrification in the neighborhood ok we get enjoy a higher rent in the process

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BECky

While it’s great to have local business owners, I’m getting tired of seeing the same damn types of stores over & over again. How many discount stores do we need? Or tmobile stores? Or “pharmacies”? How about a spot that makes morning bodega sandwiches? Can’t even get a proper bacon egg & cheese around here!

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Sara Ross

At least it’s better than in Forest Hills where the Russians open up catering, Kosher (B.S.) places on Queens Blvd. and when a business goes out, they take over the space. Businesses go out on Queens Blvd. because the rent is off the wall, so obviously, the money from these people are as dirty as a sewer that hasn’t been cleaned out in years!

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Cheap cheap

My guess is area is full of cheapie residents so they put cheapie stores to accommodate .

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