Target Flexible Format, Forest Hills, Queens, NY
Target keeps signing new leases for its flexible format stores in New York City. This 21,000 sq. ft Target in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Queens was the first Flex store to open in NYC last year. The store is split over 2 levels with a small escalator connecting both levels. It was previously a Barnes & Noble.
Most of the ground floor is taken by apparel and checkout with a CVS pharmacy, pantry, tech and toys on the second level. There is a Starbucks adjacent to the Target (also there when the store was Barnes & Noble) which has an internal entrance from Target.
Within the past year, three Target flex stores (as well as one full-line location) have opened within NYC, with 4 more planned over the next 12 months. With Walmart basically locked out by the city council from building any stores within the New York City borders, Kmart and Target have the city to themselves (along with the many smaller, local discounters). A massive 140,000 sq. ft. Kmart is about 2 miles away from this Target in Middle Village, Queens.
Just this month, it was announced that one of Kmart's 7 city stores is closing and Target probably wants to get as many Flex stores open before Walmart grabs one of Kmart's 6 remaining NYC leases when it finally goes down for good.