Nov. 4, 2019 By Allie Griffin
A mom-and-pop home furnishing store that has served Queens residents for four generations will close before the end of the year.
The Fair, located at 71-03 80th Street at the Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale, will shut its doors sometime before Dec. 31.
A fixture in the community, the store was first opened by Sidney Gerson in 1938 in a 800-square-foot shop on Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood, selling curtains and drapes.
Gerson named his shop after the World’s Fair, which came to the borough the following year.
The Fair, which is still owned by the family, expanded to a full home furnishing store in the 1950s.
It has served second, third and fourth generations of customers with products for their homes for 82 years. The shop was located at 58-09 Myrtle Ave for decades before relocating to Atlas Park in 2007.
Large chain competitors such as Home Goods and Ashley HomeStore opened at Atlas Park in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
There is no set date for the closure at this point, said owner and grandson of the store’s founder, Daniel Gerson.
Gerson said the family is closing The Fair for “many reasons,” but didn’t elaborate.
While The Fair Home’s physical store is closing, the business will continue to do custom window treatments.
“It’s been 82 years in the neighborhood and it’s just time,” Gerson said.
“We’re very happy and proud to be serving the community for generations,” he added. “We appreciate all our customers’ loyalty and business.”
I remember since the 70’s how my family would love shopping there for Christmas or anytime you needed a nice gift for someone special. My wife especially loved your variety of European style curtains. It was the nicest store on Myrtle Ave. We where very disappointed when you left but, glad you didn’t close your door’s permanently. Since your new location didn’t work out you might reconsider coming back to Ridgewood. That would be great. thank you so very much for all the wonderful years of service you will be missed by so many.
The Fair was great when they were on Myrtle Ave., but made a big mistake moving to The Atlas mall, they lost a lot of customers, especially when HomeGoods moved in.
You will be missed. I remember as a child in the 60s living In Ridgewood mom will take me into the store and I want to say it was your dad and your grandfather. My family has had the honor of knowing three generations of your family. God bless you all
So sad to hear this. I loved shopping here, especially during the holidays. You will be missed dearly by me and my family.
You will be missed