Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Bella Tile showroom closes on 1st Avenue



Multiple EVG readers have shared the news that he family-owned Bella Tile — established in 1983 — has closed its showroom on First Avenue between 10th Street and 11th Street.

This sign greets potential customers...



However, as the sign notes, the Bella Tile Store Room remains open around the corner at 408 E. 11th St. ...



I reached out to a member of the Giurdanella family, who run the business and own the building on First Avenue, to see what might be happening with the space.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know landlords can write off lost revenue when a space sits empty, but that can't be the same as generating actual revenue. With so much business going online, why aren't landlords dropping prices? Walking around during the holiday, I was shocked that EVEN MORE retail space is empty. 14th Street in the Meat Packing is pretty much 1 big empty space. I just don't get it.

Anonymous said...

I agree with this comment and often wonder why so many commercial real estate store fronts sit empty for so long. Just look at the north side of St. Marks Place west of 2nd Avenue, among many others. You would think that owners would lower their rents in accordance with the demand for space.

Anonymous said...

The old East Village Prescription Center space at Ave A - 5th.
I mean, WTF? I half expect a landlord torch job to take place there at this point.

sophocles said...

I think they keep the spaces empty waiting for a whale because buildings sell at a multiple of the rent roll.

Anonymous said...

Soph: good point.

Anonymous said...

Limiting vacancy write-offs to 3 months per 2 years would encourage more reasonable rates and maybe even get landlords to actively work to keep their tenants. If only the city & state reps cared about anyone other than their donors...