Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bargain Express closing on East 14th Street

The realignment of the future East 14th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B is shaping up ... In November, Petland announced that it was moving to First Avenue... and now, workers at Bargain Express right next door are telling costumers that they have lost their lease and will likely close after the holiday season... (One reader said that they will close next week.)

A manager told one EVG reader that "a developer" will be tearing down the building...

The latest rumor, via g whiz in our last post on this topic:

Rumor is the animal hospital, Petland and Bargain Bazaar is going to be one big unit and the corner of 14th and A over to the Blarney Cove (including/excluding unsure) will be another big unit

Updated: We have learned more information about this block here.

And have you heard the taped message at the Bargain Express? There's a continuous loop announcing the various sales as you enter the front doors ... "Once again ladies and gentlemen, I would like to remind you that this is our biggest sale ever... we are selling to the bare walls..."

Previously on EV Grieve:
Conspiracies: What next for 14th Street and Avenue A?

Those ongoing rumors about the future of East 14th Street between Avenue A and B

Petland is moving away from East 14th Street, fueling more new development rumors


Anonymous said...

Is 14th Street limited to 80' tall or does the zoning end at 13th Street ?

dmbream said...

Was in there days after Sandy and it REEKED.

Like, to an unhealthy degree.

Must have sustained some severe flood damage.

Between the nasty water and potential mold, not sure there was any coming back from that. Anyone been in recently? Has the smell dissipated?

Gutting or a complete teardown might make sense in this case.

Anonymous said...

Sad. Great people run Bargain Bazaar. Such a shame.

Gojira said...

The smell is gone, and soon, this great place will be too. Sonuvabitch, this sucks.

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

According to this:


14th St between Aves A & B is zoned for buildings with from 1-3 floors and from 4-7 floors. 3/4 of the block, the western part of the block, is zoned 1-3 floors (except for one slender building), the last 1/4 of the block, near Ave B is zoned for 4-7 floors.

14th St buildings on the north side of the street are generally taller than those on the south side. Buildings near the western and eastern extremities of the street are generally lower than those towards the midpoint at Union Square. Most of the buildings on 14th are six-stories or fewer.

The developer can apply for a varience, though.

EV Grieve said...

Thanks for the info, Ken.

Gojira said...

You KNOW they will be applying for that variance, and you KNOW they will get it. So there's at least 3 places in that one little stretch - vet, Rite Aid, Bargain Bazaar - I have patronized for years that will be taken away from me, and I guarantee that whatever will be coming in will be totally useless to my life.

Uncle Waltie said...

All my underwear and socks (well, at least 90%) were purchased in that store. So, if you see a naked barefoot man in the neighborhood, it very well might be me. Just another nail in the coffin.

Uncle Waltie said...

Now I'm genuinely depressed. I hate to shop, and there I knew exactly where everything was and managed to get in and out under 2 minutes.