A Bowery Boogie informant first heard that a J. Crew was in the works, though there hadn't been anything official from the company about the new location here at Bleecker.
In addition, contractors at the scene professed to not know anything about who the tenant was. Meanwhile, other tipsters came forward, stating that this will be a JPress outpost (not true, the brand said) or a Rowing Blazers shop (also not true — they are opening at 8 Rivington St. on Thursday).
After filing for Chapter 11 in May 2020, J. Crew exited bankruptcy that fall. Per Retail Dive:
Lenders have taken over controlling ownership after a federal bankruptcy court approved J. Crew's reorganization plan. That deal left investment firm Anchorage Capital Group as the retailer's current majority owner. Kevin Ulrich, Anchorage's CEO, said in the release that his firm sees "an immense opportunity for growth and expansion at each brand," which includes the J. Crew and Madewell banners.
The company must be doing better financially — they're paying a 24/7 security detail to prevent people from tagging the 316 Bowery storefront.
There's also a J. Crew men's shop not too far away on Broadway at Broome.
The restaurant Saxon + Parole, which never reopened after the PAUSE of March 2020, was the last retail tenant in this space.