You are reading

New Retail Store Offering Everyday Items Sourced from Asia To Open in Long Island City

Teso Life, pictured, will open at 24-29 Jackson Ave. in the coming months (Photo by Michael Dorgan)

June 7, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

A new retail store offering a wide range of home goods and lifestyle products is set to open on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City.

Teso Life, a Queens-based company, will open this fall at 24-29 Jackson Ave. in a space previously occupied by Santander Bank.

The company sources most of its goods from Japan, and its products consist of everyday items such as kitchenware, beauty products, dry foods and baby products.

The company was established in 2017 in Flushing and currently operates nine stores in total. It operates three stores in Flushing, two in Brooklyn, two in Manhattan and two in Texas.

The Jackson Avenue location, which is around 6,500 square feet in size, will be the company’s fourth in Queens.

Cy Kwok, the general manager of Teso Life, said the company is currently renovating its Jackson Avenue location with work expected to be completed in around four months.

The company, Kwok said, imports a large portion of its goods from Asia while it also offers some domestically sourced goods. He said that around 85 percent of its imported goods are sourced from Japan while the remainder of those products come from China or Korea.

Teso Life, Kwok said, offers a vast range of everyday life items. For instance, its category of products include health and beauty, kitchenware, houseware, office products, bed and bath fixtures, car and digital accessories, and other seasonal items.

The company also stocks dry foods—including nuts, confectionery, dried seafood, seasoning products as well as beverages, Kwok said.

Teso Life also offers pet supplies, jewelry, baby toys as well as adult toys, Kwok said.

“Basically, we offer 90 percent of what you need in everyday life,” Kwok said.

Some of the products currently on offer on the Teso Life website (Photo: screenshot)

He said the company always runs deals and a line of discounted items. Teso Life also operates an online store and has its own app.

Kwok said the company is looking to capitalize on the neighborhood’s growing Asian population. Around 34 percent of Long Island City residents are of Asian descent, a fivefold increase since 2010, according to the New York Times.

However, he noted the store’s products will appeal to people of all backgrounds living in the neighborhood.

“There are lots of apartments and restaurants opening in Long Island City so there is a lot of demand for our products,” Kwok said.

“We are always excited to open new stores and meet new customers, so we are really looking forward to opening in Long Island City.”

Kwok said that the company has seen steady growth over the past five years. The operators plan to open another store in Brooklyn in the near future along with three more locations in Texas.

However, he said that the pandemic set its expansion plans back around 2 1/2 years.

“We would be a lot bigger only for the pandemic.”

Opening hours will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Sundays.

Some of the products currently on offer on the Teso Life website (Photo: screenshot)

Some of the products currently on offer on the Teso Life website (Photo: screenshot)

Teso Life, pictured, will open at 24-29 Jackson Ave. in the coming months (Photo by Michael Dorgan)

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.


The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Port Authority announces JFK Airport traffic congestion plan as new terminal construction ramps up this summer

With construction ramping up over the summer on the $19 billion JFK Airport redevelopment project, the Port Authority opened a free drop-off, pickup and waiting lot at the AirTrain station at Lefferts Boulevard to help passengers avoid heavy traffic congestion at the terminal frontages.

The new lot will allow travelers to easily hop on to the free on-airport AirTrain with frequent service for an easy, eight-minute ride to the terminals, saving them time and anxiety from potential construction-related congestion.

Urgent manhunt underway for ‘animal’ who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in Flushing park on Thursday: NYPD

The NYPD announced a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a Hispanic man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in a wooded area of Kissena Corridor Park on Thursday afternoon.

More than sixty investigators were at the crime scene late into the night. During a press briefing by NYPD brass on Friday, Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said that the manhunt was expanded city-wide and that the department would spare no expense until the suspect was apprehended.

Man sought for raping 13-year-old girl in Flushing park in broad daylight Thursday: NYPD

An urgent manhunt is underway in Northeast Queens after a Hispanic man allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl at knifepoint in Kissena Corridor Park in broad daylight on Thursday afternoon.

Police from the 109th Precinct in Flushing reported that the youngster was with a 13-year-old boy in the park near Kalmia Avenue and Colden Street at around 3:30 p.m. when a stranger approached and threatened them with a knife, forcing them both into a wooded section where he tied them up. The perpetrator proceeded to forcibly remove their cell phones before sexually assaulting the girl, police said, adding that he fled in an unknown direction.