Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Rumors: Duane Reade expansion will take over adjacent storefronts, including East Village Cheese
A tipster tells us that the Duane Reade on Third Avenue at East 10th Street is expanding, and will gobble up the adjoining spaces that include the 21-year-old Excel Art and Framing Store and East Village Cheese.
The owner of the Frame Shop received word this past Saturday that his lease will not be renewed; "that a handshake deal was already made with Duane Reade in early December."
Per the tipster: "Both of these small businesses are very important to the community."
The convenient store and clothing boutique Project 36 have already been emptied out ahead of the expansion…
The tipster noted that there's already a huge Walgreens on Astor Place. Not to mention the recently expanded Walgreens on East 14th Street and Fourth Avenue … and the Duane Reade locations on East 14th Street and Third Avenue … and East 14th Street and Broadway.
And this won't be the first time that Duane Reade looks to KO beloved neighborhood businesses.