Good bye Golden Touch Car Wash, Gulf gas station, KR & S Auto Service and the fruit and vegetable market around Avenue Y and East 16th Street. Construction crews demolished the structures of these four businesses – three of which have been around for decades – as they began work on the future site of a Sheepshead Bay Marshalls department store at 1611 Avenue Y.

That puts it right on track, as a source told us back in January that work would begin on the location this summer. We noted in May that the fences went up, and it was just last week that the structures were demolished. The gas tanks have also been successfully removed, and contractors are now prepping to excavate and begin work on the foundation.

What do you think? Will Marshalls be good for the area? Or add to traffic and parking concerns around an already congested intersection?

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  • Anonymous

    Generally speaking if you look at neighborhoods where Marshalls are built, they tend not to be the best.  There is one at the shopping center off exit 15 on the Belt Parkway I believe and then there is Kings Plaza.  So why would anyone who doesn’t live walking distance come to Ave Y and Eat 17 to do cloth shopping?  As I’ve stated in previous posts I am very unhappy with the retail business opening in our area.  Two computer repair shops opened in the last 2 months and that god awful 1/2 price clothing store next to the train station.  This is Sheepshead Bay not Nostrand Ave, let’s start acting like it!

  • Georgia

    My concern is congestion, clientele, parking that’s the most important. This department store is not one of the best it will only be a nuisance in the area. They will need to take the stop signs away on the corner of East 17th and Ave X & put a street light there. The public school is right up the block on Ave Y and East 18th Street, what is going to happen when school lets out with all of this traffic. Now don’t forget Stop & Shop people will be parking on there roof to go to Marshalls, plus you have Doody’s parking but the tow trucks will be working overtime. If you car does not belong there. If they are putting a parking lot how many spaces will it be??. My personal opinion I don’t think this is a good idea altogether. Lohmans is an example on Emmons Avenue what goes on.

    • Reallplayerbs

      Where do you live?? worried about traffic?? that gas station had cars parked across the sidewalk causing those school kids into traffic to get to school, and tow trucks what tow trucks Stop and Shop and Doody’s do  not use tow truck to remove people from their lots. Local residents ( people who actually live near 17 & Y) have no issue with Marshalls.

      • Georgia

        I am right down the block buddy. That garage had cars all over the streets also with no plates on them either. Then they had signs selling cars. The children at the school will always have this problem with traffic. What do you expect it’s a commercial zone.  There is traffic and no parking either on these blocks people park to use the subway all day and 18 wheelers coming down. Of course the people who live by that block have no issues because they don’t care.

  • Guest

    I used to change my oil at KR & S Auto, it was so convenient. I am not happy that they got moved. 

  • SheepsheadMeow

    I love Marshalls and TJMaxx. They are great stores if you have the patience to look  for clothes. However, I am so disappointed with TJ on Kingshighway- too many Russians in one place is not usually a good thing. I feel similarly about Loehmanns compared to the one in the city.

    • Steve

      Hey Imbecile, what exactly does “too many Russians in one place is not usually a good thing”, mean?

      • SheepsheadMeow

        Hey Steve, no need for name calling. 1) As a Russian-American, I think I sort of reserve the right to make that judgment call. 2) I meant have you have tons of overdressed middle aged-Russian ladies who don’t know the meaning of the words sorry or excuse me. It’s an obnoxious atmosphere to shop in.

    • Anonymous

      For a second there I thought that we were remaining politically correct by using words like “clientele” and phrases like “not the best neighborhoods”. (wasn’t thinking about Russians though)

      Then I realized this was Sheepshead Bites.

      • SheepsheadMeow

        I am pretty sure that the original poster was being politically correct by using those terms as in the case of Marshalls in Gateway and Marshalls in Atlantic Center (can’t say this applies for Marshalls in the city or even the one on 86th Street). I just think the attitude that some of these shoppers have should make that term applicable. lol

    • Barkingspider7

      Russian peoples money is just as green as yours.

  • Guest

    It’s difficult as it is to drive around there now, once this is built there will be wall to wall gridlock. People for Marshalls will be parking in Doody’s, Stop & Shop, Petco and along the side streets making it difficult for those who simply want hardware and groceries like they always have. If Marshalls does have a parking lot let us hope it is not a Kings Plaza holy then thou deal otherwise the entire area from Coney Island Avenue to Ocean Avenue is screwed. This was a terrible decision. One which was probably brought with a bribe.

    • leenice

      The city requires parking for new retail construction. Odds are they will have plenty of parking on the roof similar to that at stop and shop. There is no way that the parking situation could be anyworse then what it was with KRS and the Car Wash. Oh not to mention the entire used car lot on the site.

  • Tinman

    Not sure Marshal’s is what the community needs, especially at that location. Nevertheless, what about parking. Will there be a lot adjacent to the store or on-street only? That vicinity is already crowded with Stop & Shop and Doody’s attracting a good number of cars at times.

    • Georgia

      That’s what I was saying are my concerns also. You have the idea what is going to be? It will be a mess

  • Mike C

    Land development should be a chance to make Sheesphead Bay a better place.  Marshall’s is not going to do it.  As other’s have said…it’s hard enough driving past Doody’s and Stop & Shop, but to have to deal with Marshall’s also is going to be a nightmare.

    • Georgia

      I agree 100%

      • Guest

         This will be terrible.  Keep the Marshall’s on 86th Street.

        • Georgia

          I wish they would 

  • Al Knowles

    It’s just trading one eyesore to a better looking eyesore.   I miss KR&S for its proximity, but don’t miss all the junk cars that bordered it.

  • Anonymous

    Before Petco was built, I was naive enough to actually write a letter to Barnes and Nobles telling them what a great location it would be for a store. I never heard back from them.  I know that the book store business is not doing well these days, but I think they would do well with the in store cafe alone, and then if they added a Russian book section….

    I guess what I am trying to say is, why is that the yapies in Park Slope get one, and the closest us Sheepshead Bay peasants get to literature is the AM NY paper next to the train. 

    • Superhero

      Welcome to 2011 buddy. Get an ipad or kindle and read your books on that. Leave the business to the business men

      • Anonymous

        I have a kindle, and I am a businessman.  I believe a book store in this area can make money.  A combination of book store and coffee shop I think could do quit well.  It doesn’t have to be as large as Barnes & Nobles.  Magazine, Bestsellers, and Russian books. 

      • Circuits00

         What business men? Another reason to do business on the net. It’s 2011–You are right.  No tax some times free delivery and no smart ass people to deal with OR
        do business in some other neighborhood that appreciates the business and knows how to deal with people.

        • Guest

          DOWN WITH JOBS! DOWN WITH JOBS! DOWN WITH JOBS! KEEP BUYING ONLINE! DOWN WITH JOBS! DOWN WITH JOBS! KEEP BUYING ONLINE! DOWN WITH JOBS! UP WITH THE WAISTLINE! DRM! DRM! DRM! DOWN WITH JOBS! DOWN WITH JOBS!

        • Guest

          DOWN WITH JOBS! DOWN WITH JOBS! DOWN WITH JOBS! KEEP BUYING ONLINE! DOWN WITH JOBS! DOWN WITH JOBS! KEEP BUYING ONLINE! DOWN WITH JOBS! UP WITH THE WAISTLINE! DRM! DRM! DRM! DOWN WITH JOBS! DOWN WITH JOBS!

          • Circuits00

            KEEP PUTTING IN THESE CRAP JUNK STORES AND THERE WILL BE NO JOBS. AS IT IS SHEEPSHEAD BAY HAS GONE TO THE DUMPS.WHEN WILL YOU PEOPLE LEARN.

  • Gene

    if pot was legal, that would be a great place for a dispensary.

  • Holiday100

    I have never seen such a negative group of people. Have any of you considered that marshalls will create jobs in the area? And that it will increase business for the existing stores?

  • Anonymous

    The gas station had pumps that were so outdated you couldnt use credit cards at them. The car wash was a hangout for gypsies who parked their look-good-run-like-crap cars all over the neighborhood. The service station seemed to have loyal clientel so I guess they were decent people and mechanics. Marshall’s may not be exactly what we need in the area, but it sure will clean up that location. We should all be happy if they treat their property and neighbors the way Doody’s has done all these years.

    • Anonymous

      I was a customer of that service station for 20 years and they are indeed very decent people. Not too cheap, but they didn’t overcharge either and never ,made a repair that wasn’t necessary. If nothing was wrong or didn’t need to be fixed right away, they would tell you. Will continue to patronize them at their new location.

  • KB

    I’m not a huge fan of Marshalls and it wouldn’t be my first choice of a business there but I’m certainly glad to see more shopping in the area. Who wants to be prisoner to their car and have to drive to every store? It’s nice to be able to do some shopping in your own neighborhood instead of always having to leave it.

  • Anonymous

    Pickers would of definitely came and got that Gulf sign

  • Barkingspider7

    Every Marshalls I  have ever been in has been filthy, broken merchandise on the shelves, merchandise all over the floors, and the employees have always been very arrogant. If they must open here, I hope they keep the store neat and give customer service training to their employees.

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