The Gourmet Garage on Broadway between 96th Street and 97th Street will close its doors, perhaps as soon as this month, according to three sources, including a company employee.
The food store’s lease was up, and the landlord apparently wanted to impose a hefty increase, one source said. Gourmet Garage still has five other New York City locations, including a store on 66th Street off of Amsterdam Avenue that also offers catering.
A Gourmet Garage employee also told one of our readers that the company has been worried about competition from a new Westside Market opening on Broadway between 97th Street and 98th Street.
Update: Gourmet Garage has confirmed that the store is closing at the end of the month. “Your information was correct, after 15 great years our lease is up at our W. 96th street location. Up until the last week we were still discussing some extra time with our landlord, but as of now we will be closing at the end of this month,” wrote Andy Arons of Gourmet Garage in an email to us.
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