Sept. 30, 2019. By Shane O’Brien
A cheese store and a dog center are set to open at the newly constructed Jackson Park building on Jackson Avenue early next year.
Canine Retreat by the American Kennel Club and Murray’s Cheese both confirmed that they will open early 2020 at Jackson Park, a three-tower, multi-use skyscraper located between 28-30 and 28-40 Jackson Ave.
Canine Retreat will open its first Queens location when it comes to Jackson Park. The dog daycare center will operate a street-level location and will employ roughly 15 staff, according to a spokesperson for the company.
The new location will be about 3,000 square feet and will be capable of catering for up to 60 dogs.
Canine Retreat operates six locations in Manhattan and the Long Island City location will offer the same services, including dog daycare, 24-hour care, grooming, training, walking and jogging.
The company’s spokesperson said that Long Island City was chosen since there is strong demand for high-quality pet care. The apartment buildings in Jackson Park are also very dog friendly, according to the spokesperson.
Murray’s Cheese, meanwhile, will also open its first Long Island City store just a few doors down from Canine Retreat.
The company, founded in Greenwich Village in 1940 by Murray Greenberg, currently has three brick and mortar locations. It has a retail store at 254 Bleecker St., a restaurant at 264 Bleecker St. and a retail operation in Grand Central Station.
The new location will be split between a cheese store and a full-service restaurant. The store will sell cheese, wine, beer and specialty food products.
A spokesperson for Murray’s cheese said last October that the restaurant component will consist of about 50 seats and will offer fast-casual items such as sandwiches, burgers and salads like its restaurant on Bleecker Street. The company plans to be open from 7 a.m. through midnight each day,
The company also has an existing presence in Long Island City. It has its cheese caves—to age the cheese–and its central offices at 25-19 Borden Ave.
The company distributes its product to more than 650 restaurants and stores nationwide from its Borden Avenue location. It’s e-commerce business is based there, too.