Thursday, June 12, 2014
After 45 years on 1st Avenue, Gabay's Outlet is on the move
[Photo by Jena Cumbo via Time Out]
After 45 years at 225 First Ave., Gabay's Outlet, the designer discount store, is moving July 1 to 195 Avenue A.
There is a familiar reason behind the move.
"We just couldn't hang with the rents," proprietor Joseph Gabay told us on the phone. "We were concerned that we wouldn't even be able to find another space."
The new rent at 195 Avenue A, previously the Spin Hair Salon, is roughly half of what the going rate will be at 225 First Ave. between East 13th Street and East 14th Street.
"We are going to continue for at least another 10 years," said Gabay, the third generation of the family to run the store.
His grandfather Sam, a Turkish immigrant, began selling extras from garment factory floors in a pushcart on the Lower East Side in the 1920s. He eventually opened his own shop at 1 St. Mark's Place in 1940, one of several locations the store would call home in a 10-block radius before settling in at 225 First Ave. in 1970.
"We are thrilled that we are staying in the East Village," Gabay said.