Located at 59-15 Maurice Avenue, the 118,000-square-foot home improvement store already has 263 associates, 197 of which are new hires. According to store manager Nafiza Alli, the majority of the new employees are from the local community.
“We will continue to hire in a week to fill the gaps that we have,” she said. “We want to make sure we provide the best customer service that we possibly can.”
Alli, who has been at the Maspeth site since the store’s conception, walked around and spoke to customers during the grand opening last week. She said they were thrilled and excited to have a new option in the neighborhood.
Local businesses also came in to introduce themselves to the Home Depot associates, Alli said.
“They said they would tell all their neighbors, friends and family,” she said.
At the grand opening, Home Depot also presented a $5,000 check to the Martin Luther School to show its support for the local community. Alli said one of the company’s core values is giving back to the community and establishing local partnerships.
“They know we’re here and they can reach out to us and we can help in any way possible,” she added. “We’re really looking forward to serving the Maspeth community.”
The Home Depot was approved last year in addition to a new self-storage facility and two commercial retail buildings along Borden Avenue. The new buildings replaced a former Coca-Cola warehouse and bottling facility.
Although Community Board 2 and several manufacturing companies rejected the self-storage facility because it would not bring enough industrial jobs to the area, former Acting Borough President Sharon Lee and Councilman Robert Holden supported the project.
The six-story, 135,000-square-foot storage building will be used by local contractors to store their equipment and materials. Lee also recommended that the retail buildings be “heavily marketed” to industrial companies looking for new space.