Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Why 99X is closing



Yesterday, we reported that 99X was closing up shop on 10th Street... we asked Bert at 99X via e-mail what happened:

It was a combination of things. Drop in sales/poor economy, a lot of stores went out on the block so there is not that much foot traffic, the rent is high and Fred Perry opened a store down in SOHO which took a lot of our business. Everything did not happen all at once but it all happened within the past year and has gotten us to where we are now.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

did they say when the last day is?

EV Grieve said...

No...good question, anon — I'll see if I can find out.

C. Bee said...

This makes me sad.

ak said...

what about their custom suits? will/CAN those still be available??

Jill said...

Oh I thought you meant the radio station. And then I remembered that I'm not a teenager any more. Thanks for the reminder.

J du Bois said...

This is going to be one heck of a super-duper long shot, but here goes.

I once bought a pair of distressed Vans sneakers at 99X -- among many other shoes through the years the place was in business -- that I have not seen since. I love these things like mad, and have just about wore the life out of them.

My question: Did the store employees do the distressing themselves?

Thanks upfront for approving this comment, knowing full well that my question will probably go answered...

And thanks to 99X. You are still missed.

EV Grieve said...

@ J du Bois

A fine question. Wish I had the answer for you...

Queen B said...

@ J du Bois

Found myself on this site after I had a dream about our shop. I do have an answer for you...the Vans came that way but I'm sure you could find someone that could distress them.

Thank you all for the continued support. We miss the shop very much and all of you too!

LvV said...

@J du Bois

Sorry for this monster link, but do you mean the distressed Vans Formula Ones?

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p3902.m570.l1313&_nkw=vans+shoes+distressed&_sacat=0

I know how you feel, there's a pair of discontinued Visions I still dream about. And 99X was a great place. :)