Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Back in June, the Commercial Observer reported that Wagamama, the London-based chain of Japanese restaurants, signed a lease for a retail space at 55 Third Ave., aka Eleventh and Third, the 12-floor building that recently went through a luxurious upgrade.
No 55, which is between 10th Street and 11th Street, is currently home to two retail tenants: M2M, the Asian grocery that opened in 2002, and The Smith. Reps for both businesses said that they were not closing, as Gothamist reported at the time. (The Observer article didn't mention which business would be departing.)
In 2014, these commercial spaces hit the market for $25.5 million. The listing at the time noted that M2M's lease was up in 2017. (The Smith's lease is through 2027.)
Now, an EVG reader says that an M2M worker divulged that the grocery would be moving when the lease is up. "The employee was very talkative about it. Said it was going to be within five blocks of the original store and probably going to be bigger. Still trying to figure out their likely spot because of limited spaces that size in the area."
Hmm. First, it's nice to hear that M2M will be sticking around the area. So what are some possible landing spots?
Here are two: 1) The former Met Foods on Third Avenue between 16th Street and 17th Street and 2) The former Capital One® branch on the southeast corner of Third Avenue and 14th Street.
Meanwhile, Wagamama was on CB3's SLA docket for a beer-wine license this month. However, Wagamama has withdrawn from the proceedings this time around.