Monday, April 21, 2014
[Updated] A really bad sign outside Kim's Video & Music on First Avenue
Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. EVG regular William Klayer spotted a store closing banner outside Kim's on 124 First Ave. this morning.
There isn't any mention of a closure yet on their website, Facebook or Twitter accounts. We'll see if we can get more info about what is happening here.
It's the latest/last blow for the mini chain of stores specializing in experimental, foreign and independent movies and music.
The Kim's Video that you loved to hate/or hated to love on Avenue A closed in 2004. The Kim's on Bleecker Street became a Duane Reade in 2006. Mondo Kim's closed on St. Mark's Place in December 2008.
This remaining location, with its esoteric DVD collection, opened in 2009.
In September 2012, there were published reports that proprietor Yongman Kim was going to open an "interactive pizzeria" in the new Arabella building on Avenue D. We haven't heard a thing about this since then.
Updated 1:51 p.m.
Kim's posted a message on the store's Facebook page, noting that despite a successful Record Store Day this past Saturday, "sadly we will be closing our store on 1st Ave. No closing date yet but 30% off ALL VIDEO and MUSIC. (all formats and NRs as well)."