Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bleecker Bob's is for rent

Dave on 7th sent along the above photo from yesterday morning, before Bleecker Bob's opened for the day... as you can see, there's a for rent sign above the store. Not sure how long it has been there ...

Anyway, as the Times reported back in late January, Bleecker Bob's is closing here on West Third Street at the end of April. Cause: Rent hike. (And despite initial reports, a Starbucks isn't moving into the space.)

Anyway, as for the listing at Point NYC ... it doesn't mention the exact address, but this looks like it. And you can sort of make out the store in the photo...

Check out the price: $17,000 per month.

That's a lot of vinyl.

Earlier estimates (via The Villager) had the rent going to an unaffordable $10,000 a month.

But $17,000? That's, well, insane.

However, the folks at Bleecker Bob's have said that they would relocate. But will they have enough time to so do? Per a message on the store's Facebook page yesterday:

still looking at storefronts. unfortunately, some landlords don't care about our 30 years in one location.

We asked Ski, an assistant manager at Bleecker Bob's, for an update.

"Nothing definite yet. Still looking for new spots, but still enjoying our sales in the West Village."

Perhaps a move to the East Village is still possible.

Previously on EV Grieve:
[UPDATED] Let's help Bleecker Bob's find space in the East Village


Marty Wombacher said...

I hope they can find a new location, would hate to see Bleecker Bob's go out of business. Even if a Starbucks doesn't go in there, with that kind of rent, it's more than likely going to be some sort of boring chain store going in there.

EV Grieve said...

@ Marty

Marc Jacobs!

Marty Wombacher said...

@EV Grieve: Aaaahhhhh!

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I used to buy vinyl there when I was a kid too, but other better places have since closed. Considering vinyl is a technology that became obsolete about 20 years ago, it's amazing it lasted this long. He should focus on selling on ebay and get with the times. Maybe I should open up a typewriter store and see how that does.