Friday, January 6, 2023

The last days of Timbuktu

Photos by Stacie Joy

As we first reported on Dec. 20, Timbuktu, the Moroccan specialty shop at 45 Second Ave. between Second Street and Third Street, was closing in the weeks ahead. 

The shop is nearly empty now... owner and East Village resident Del Blaoui said that they only have a few days or a week left and he's looking to sell his showcases and tables ...
According to Blaoui, the new landlords, who took over in the spring of 2021, decided to terminate the shop's lease. 

Blaoui has been in the wholesale business for four decades and has been in this location for 20 years.

Timbuktu is usually open 1-8 p.m. Phone: (212) 473-4955.  


Anonymous said...

Nice Baker's Rack and love the Genie Lamp!

Anonymous said...

Great store. It will be missed. Sad to see all the great small businesses driven out by high rents.

Anonymous said...

A huge loss.

The City Council has done everything for restaurants including free space restaurant shacks - but has done nothing to help local stores which face high rents, ecommerce competition, crime etc.