The roots of Trump’s empire in Hollis, Queens

Donald's father Fred C. Trump built the company on small family homes in the outer boroughs

New York /
Aug.August 17, 2015 08:32 AM

Donald Trump wasn’t always a brash, self-regarding billionaire. He used to be worth mere millions, much of which he inherited from his father, developer Fred C. Trump.

The Donald is best known these days for leading the GOP primary field, and for the slate of marquee buildings bearing his name, the foundation on which it was all built can be found in Hollis, Queens, where Donald’s father, Fred C. Trump, began his development career.

Trump the elder started out in the 1920s, just after leaving high school. He built his first house in Woodhaven, Queens before moving onto growing, middle-class Hollis. Fred Trump was too young even to sign his own checks, so he opened a company, E. Trump & Son, with his mother Elizabeth, according to “The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire,” by Gwenda Blair, cited by the New York Times.

“Why not visit!” read one of his ads. E. Trump & Son promoted the property, listed at $9,950, as “Located in the very best section of Hollis only 5 minutes from the station, having every city convenience, including sewers, concrete street and sidewalks.”

During the Great Depression, Fred Trump went into retail, opening Trump Market, Queens’ first supermarket, according to the Times. Trump returned to development soon after, selling the store to King Kullen, who, according to their website, founded not only Queens’ but America’s first supermarket, on Jamaica Avenue in 1930. [NYT] Ariel Stulberg

 
 
 

Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Make Greenland Great Again? Trump wants to buy Arctic territory
Make Greenland Great Again? Trump wants to buy Arctic territory
Make Greenland Great Again? Trump wants to buy Arctic territory
Hamptons’ priciest summer rental to host MAGA extravaganza next month
Hamptons’ priciest summer rental to host MAGA extravaganza next month
Hamptons’ priciest summer rental to host MAGA extravaganza next month
Josh Kushner, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump
The other Kushner is the billionaire mogul to watch
The other Kushner is the billionaire mogul to watch
President Joe Biden, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge
Biden restores, tweaks fair housing rule
Biden restores, tweaks fair housing rule
From left: Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Donald Trump (Getty)
Trump Organization fined $1.6M in tax fraud case
Trump Organization fined $1.6M in tax fraud case
Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg (Photo Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal with Getty)
Ex-Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg slated for sentencing
Ex-Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg slated for sentencing
Allen Weisselberg, Donald Trump (Getty)
Trump Org convicted of criminal tax fraud
Trump Org convicted of criminal tax fraud
Quara Holding CEO Ziad El Chaar and Donald Trump  (Getty, LinkedIn)
Trump Organization signs licensing deal with Saudi developer
Trump Organization signs licensing deal with Saudi developer
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...