July 11, 2013 By Christian Murray
The owner of the Family Entertainment Center is not closing and has plans to stay in the building for several years.
Phil Ahan, who owns Family Entertainment (located at the corner of 48th Street and Barnett Ave.) signed a 5 year lease with the owner of the building back in May, and was dumbfounded when he saw the building was listed for sale by Greiner Maltz — and that it would be vacant by the end of the year.
The Sunnyside Post ran a story based on the listing. It was unable to reach Ahan at the time, despite leaving a message.
Ahan, who received a flood of calls from customers about the mistaken closure, said he promptly called the owner to find out what was going on. In an e-mail to the owner he wrote: “I would appreciate you calling him [the Sunnyside Post] and letting him know that we are not closing…and that the building is not being sold.”
The owner, Sydney Shore, was also caught by surprise, claiming he didn’t place the listing with Greiner Meltz. He said that the building was not for sale and that the plan was to lease the top floor.
Swain Weiner, the broker for Greiner Maltz, apologized for the mix up. “Hey, sorry…I messed up on this one.”