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DSW To Close at Queens Place Mall, to be Replaced by Lidl

Photo: Madison International Realty

July 19, 2022 By Czarinna Andres

A well-known shoe retailer is closing at the Queens Place Mall, and it will be replaced by an international grocery store.

DSW, which is currently a flagship store along with Target at the 88-01 Queens Blvd mall in Elmhurst, is slated to close next month, with the company’s lease ending. Lidl, a German discount grocery chain, is moving into the space—and is anticipated to open during the first quarter of 2024.

Lidl has signed a long-term lease for the 35,000 square foot space at Queens Place Mall. The grocery store will occupy the entire lower level of the 440,000-square-foot neighborhood mall that first opened in 1965.

The store will be Lidl’s second in Queens, having opened a location in Astoria in April 2021. The company also has New York City locations in Staten Island and Harlem.

The company is best known for offering American products, as well as European specialty items ranging from hard-to-find cheeses to authentic specialty sauces, cured meats and more.

“We are very excited to welcome Lidl, an internationally recognized grocery store operator, to our tenant roster and provide the community with what we believe is a new, convenient and affordable alternative for fresh food and grocery items,” said Ehud Kupperman, Director for Madison International Realty, which owns the mall.

“This latest addition to the mall continues our approach of bringing retailers that serve daily needs to our shopping centers and expanding our mix of retail offerings.”

Lidl operates around 11,550 stores around the world and is active in 32 countries. The company employs more than 341,000 people globally.

Lidl offers fresh produce, meat, bakery items and a wide array of household products at discounted prices. Lidl first established its U.S. headquarters in Arlington County, Virginia, in June 2015, and today sells its products in more than 150 stores across nine east coast states.

The announcement that Lidl is opening at Queens Place was welcomed by local business leaders and elected officials.

“On behalf of the oldest and largest business association in Queens, it is my pleasure to congratulate Madison International Realty on adding this globally-recognized company to their tenant roster, and Lidl on opening a second location in the ‘World’s Borough,” said Tom Grech, President and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. viewed Lidl’s opening as good news for the borough.

“Lidl is well-known for its good-paying jobs, affordable prices, and its diverse, healthy and high-quality food offerings, so we are very excited that the company will be opening a second store here in Queens,“ Richards said. “Lidl’s Astoria location has been a big hit with shoppers, and we are looking forward to the same kind of success as the company branches into Elmhurst in service of central Queens families.”

The Lidl store at 19-30 37th St. in Astoria that opened in April 2021 (Photo: Christina Santucci/Queens Post)

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Marianne Abene

I am extremely disappointed to read that DSW is permanently closed in the Queens Place Mall! I went there last Sunday with my DSW $30.00 off $49.00 purchase coupon, and was shocked that the lower level was closed off. Even more shocked when a worker said that DSW was closed! My favorite shoe store! Very sad.


I have not been to a mall since the pandemic. I try to stay away from crowded places. I miss shopping in person and trying out clothes and shoes.

C'mon Man

That makes no sense. its biggest competitor Aldi is right around the corner. It’s opening a store already saturated with supermarkets. really poor logistics.

What competition??

The are sister stores. No matter where you go the same company gets the money. And that aldi is pitiful.

From the bodigas of the Bronx....

The Lidl in Astoria is pretty good. I particularly like the wide aisles. Most local supermarkets are rather cramped.


Stop and Shop on 48 street has become a disgrace. Wilted produce, expensive dairy, misleading prices, empty shelves, etc.
I wish they would just leave and allow a better managed store to open there.

David Smith

I would shop there again but it’s too far away. Not near any bus or train, which makes it very inconvenient. It’s much easier to get to the mall but there’s already an Aldi there.

Well, they're leaving in December...

So they’ve got that going for them and that’s cool.


There are very little to no supermarkets in this area
Once they start making money, more will come.


there’s tons of supermarkets in the area. Keyfood, Food Bazaar, Aldi, Costco, C-town…is that not enough?

"Nonsense" is right

You are spewing nonsense…

That Aldi is an embarrassment compared to Florida.

Costco: do you have room for 4dozen eggs? You have a car? You can pay for that parking garage?

Keyfood is disgusting and all over the place.

Food bazaar is nice but the car problem comes into question again.


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