Monday, May 20, 2013

About the vacant storefront on the southeast corner of 7th and B

There have been a lot of rumors about the future of the storefront on the southeast corner of Avenue B and East Seventh Street, which last housed Amaran, the imported home goods store that closed in February. We heard the usual Starbucks-7-Eleven-chain store rumors, though nothing based on fact.

Last week, we reported that a yoga center was taking over the space. That report was not accurate.

Anna Pastoressa, president of the board of directors of the co-op at 184 E. Seventh St., shared information about the space.

"For many years, the philosophy of the co-op is not to allow chain stores, delis, restaurants or bars in any of its stores," she wrote in an email. "The building could make a lot more money by allowing food establishments or bars, but it would add noise, complaints and late-night hours. We have always given priority to local businesses and that's why we are offering the 1,700 square-foot store at a reasonable price."

To date, she reports that the co-op has received numerous inquiries and many applications, including one from a yoga business.

"The board is presently reviewing these applications, which are still coming in, but a decision will be made soon."


Anonymous said...

Has there been any update on Bleecker Bob's? Can they just move in here?? Please??

Bleecker Bob's on the same stretch as Vazac's, Manitoba's, and Sunny and Annie's? I would never be anywhere else.

EV Grieve said...

@ anon

Last I heard about Bleecker Bob's... they were looking at space on a quiet side street in the East Village ... and they'd have to close by 9 on weekends!

glamma said...

God bless you Anna Pastoressa and 184 e7th st!

Anonymous said...

A yoga studio in that space would be great!

Anonymous said...

wow, i can't wait to see what's going to go in here! (and i hope my bf can get a job there ;))

Anonymous said...

so what is the reasonable price they are offering for that 1,700 foot space? me thinks it must not be that reasonable since they failed to mention the price.

Anonymous said...

coffee would be nice!