Not all bad in BID
May 06, 2015 | 11572 views | 0 0 comments | 410 410 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

I am responding to comments regarding the stores on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue.

It has been stated that the proliferation of delis, barber shops, nail salons, pharmacies, furniture stores and or medical/dental offices has changed the appearance of the avenue from previous years.

It is important for me to state, however, that the Woodhaven Business Improvement District (WBID) has no control over what stores are rented by the building owners in our community. It is up to the potential storeowner to determine whether he or she can do business in the community and up to the landlord to rent it to these stores.

These potential stores and landlords have no obligation to come to the WBID. If the WBID expressed it did not want an additional deli or 99 cent store it could be sued for restriction of trade. All we can do is try to solicit different stores and invite them to come to our shopping strip.

We try to entice a variety of stores to come here, and once the stores are here we are very watchful as to how they do business and if we do have complaints we do address them.

What I would like to call attention to is the fact that there are over 300 stores on Jamaica Avenue, and all of these individuals are professional and experienced in their services and their products.

As we all know it could be better, and we strive constantly to make it better. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (718) 805-0202 or


Maria A. Thomson

Executive Director

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