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Pizza Hut at Tower Square Shopping Center Closes

51-02 Northern Blvd., where the former Pizza Hut in place appears to have closed. (Photo: Queens Post)

Jan. 8, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

The Pizza Hut located within the Tower Square shopping complex has closed.

The pizza chain, which occupied the historic trolley barn building since the 1990s, appears to have closed within the past couple of weeks, according to several businesses in the multi-store complex.

The store has been boarded up from the inside, with a sign posted to the door directing Woodside Pizza Hut customers to locations in Maspeth and Rego Park. It is unclear, however, why the location closed, or if the closure is temporary or permanent.

Photo: Queens Post

The Pizza Hut opened inside the tower structure shortly after the Ciampa Organization, the Flushing-based developer behind the Tower Square Shopping Center, began building out the complex in the late 1980s.

The developer originally planned to demolish the three-story structure, once a terminal for the New York and Queens County Railway, but gave up plans after staunch opposition from local residents and preservationists eager to save the two depot towers built in 1896.

Ciampa did not immediately respond to questions about the Pizza Hut closure and future plans for the trolley depot site.

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22 Comments

An Astoria Mom

Happy New Year to all. Amazing story about saving the Tower from the wrecking ball. Sorry to lose Pizza Hut. As for any upcoming “Condos at the Towers”, please, let’s not give them any ideas, lol. I still can’t imagine this building complex that is planned for the quiet nearby block where Popeye’s is.

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Critic Al

Landmarked? Why? Because it’s old? Having a Pizza Hut in a landmarked building is insulting to the building.

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Gardens Watcher

The space is too small for most any business and that parking lot is a nightmare most of the time.

Maybe a good spot for a mini Queens history kiosk explaining what the tower was, and some real public restrooms (rather than Starbucks)?

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Walter Karling

Read it and weep. What I personally witnessed way back in ’87.. See the tower on the right in the photo? The bulldozer hit that tower once to bring it down. It actually shook from the blow. I led the protestors into the pile of rubble to get the operator to cease striking the tower bricks. He got off the bulldozer and kept saying he had a job to do and was being paid for the demolition. Indeed, as the NY Times link mentions, then, in the very nick of time, Norman the Landmarks guy showed up and the Building Department was issuing the citation for the unlawful use of the bulldozer. A true dance on the edge of the knife! The Ciampas eventually were made aware of the history of the building and decided to leave the towers up and convert it into retail space. Can you imagine they even then had the brilliant idea – after trying to knock the towers down – to call the shopping center “Tower Square”?! The Borough President Shulman eventually gave the Ciampa Organization some kind of preservation award, but, alas, no award to the activists who really preserved the towers and the waiting room facade.

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Jake

Who in their right mind that lives in the area will drive to Maspeth and Rego Park now for a Pizza Hut pie? Plenty of pizza options in the area. I Came here once with my little nephew who wanted to eat a personal pan pizza. Took 25 minutes for them to have it ready when nobody was even ahead of us in line!

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Richie V

Is not that structure
a Landmark ?
#HandsOff
Richie V
The Rebel Activist
of Jackson Hts

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Johnny Cheeks

They were an incredibly hard working crew that worked there but the space was too small for them which affected the food quality and wait times.

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Jason

I hope the building finds a new purpose. It’s a reminder of the days when trolleys were king.

Though I gotta say, we stop going to this place when their pizza at this location always gave everyone the runs.

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Guest

When was the last time anyone actually ordered from this place. I remember reading yelp/google reviews, they were horrible.

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