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NEW YORK CITY-While it is based in Long Island City, Duane Reade’s presence in Queens is scant, to say the least. But in what may be a push toward more outer-borough market share, the drug-store chain has signed a 15-year lease on a 6,500 storefront space in Kew Gardens.

C. Bradley Mendleson, executive managing director, and Eduardo Pena, associate, of Insignia/ESG’s Retail Group, negotiated the lease for building owner Cammeby’s International, while the Winick Realty Group represented the Duane Reade.

Mendleson would not reveal details of the transaction, but says the rent is in line with the market. Retail deals in the area are closing at between $40 and $55 per sf. The Duane Reade space, formerly a restaurant, is on the ground floor of an office building at 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd. The new store is scheduled to open in about four months.

“Duane Reade is making a push to territory that they’d like to control more of,” Mendleson tells GlobeSt.com. adding that Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens are target neighborhoods for the chain. Duane Reade will not comment on its expansion plans.

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