You are reading

Independent Pharmacy to Open on Queens Boulevard; Optical Store to Replace Pink Icing

Platinum Pharmacy Sunnyside

Photo: QueensPost

March 21, 2015 Staff Report

Despite the presence of several big-box drug stores, another independent pharmacy is about to open in Sunnyside.

Platinum Pharmacy, located at 46-21 Queens Blvd, is moving into the space that was previously occupied by Mediterraneo, a pizzeria that closed last year.

The new drug store is just one block away from another independent drug store—Bliss Drug Pharmacy—which opened in 2011.

The neighborhood has several other independent drug stores—such as Amazon Pharmacy, Rockway Pharmacy, Greenpoint Pharmacy, Family Pharmacy and Skillman Pharmacy.

pink-icing-outsideMeanwhile, Sunnyside has several big chain stores such as Rite Aide, Duane Read and CVS.

In other news, a new optical store is about to open at 44-13 Queens Blvd– where Pink Icing was previously located. The owner said the store will be called Sunnysight and is likely to open April 1.  No other details were provided.

Meanwhile, DJ’s Pawnshop at 4322 Queens Boulevard is closing. It is referring its customers to EZ Pawn on the corner of 46th and Queens Blvd.

There is no word as to what’s happening with the space.

email the author: [email protected]

10 Comments

Click for Comments 
joe

Why are independent pharmacies opening up?
I thought that they were a thing of the past.
There must be some reason.

Reply
SuperWittySmitty

The local commerce department was asking this very question a couple years ago. What kind of store do we need around here? Bookstores are losing propositions, so that’s out of the question. That art store that opened to much fanfare last year is pretty empty every time I go there. Realistically, what kind of business could open up on Queens Blvd and thrive? Parrot seems to be doing well, but both of the pawn shops are always deserted when you look in their windows. I think it’s amazing that the cake supply store has lasted so long; maybe they do a lot of mail order business?

Reply
anonymous

Pharmacy’s, nail salons etc. When we get some decent stores in this neighborhood? We have to travel to other neighborhoods to spend our money! I would like to spend it in Sunnyside! Get some other kinds of stores. Clothing, maybe a bookstore.Something other than these rinky dink stores we have to many of already!

Reply
D

ugh. we were so sad to see mediterraneo go….their pizza wasn’t the greatest but I adored their tortellini ala pana with ham, their garlic bread was fantastic & my man was extra fond of their lasagne…We’ve tried other italian places in the hood, but no one else gets it quite right for the same price…plus, the guy on the phone always remembered our address and order!

Having Mediterraneo replaced by a (completely necessary pharmacy) is like seeing Rosario’s replaced by that utter travesty masquerading as a pizza place.

Reply
ted

Not to accuse this place of anything out of hand, but would suggest that when you see storefronts in business for years with very little foot traffic, its possible that they are money laundering fronts.

Reply
SuperWittySmitty

Can you back that up with one example of that happening around here in recent memory?

Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

LaGuardia Community College receives federal funding to expand vocational training for the unemployed

LaGuardia Community College recently received more than $400,000 in federal funding to enhance and expand vocational training for underemployed New Yorkers in a city that is still working to recover from COVID-19 pandemic-induced job loss. The support was secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and former Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.

LaGuardia Community College President Kenneth Adams explained that the school lost nearly a quarter of its students at the height of the pandemic due to the economic effects of the lockdown on low-income Queens households.

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.

Raga sworn in as first-ever Filipino American elected to the state Legislature

More than 300 community members attended the historic inauguration of Assemblyman Steven Raga as the first Filipino American elected to office in New York state.

Many who attended the swearing-in event at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park wore traditional and cultural attire to the event at the building that once housed the General Assembly of the newly formed United Nations from 1946-50 until its current home in Manhattan became available for the world body.