A longtime Upper West Side clothing store is closing with a big sale, and some other stores have closed or are relocating.
Children’s clothing store Granny-Made on 83rd and Amsterdam is closing after 27 years. They’re now in the process of selling the inventory, at 30% to 50% markdowns. They sent out a notice last month:
“NO, IT’S NOT THE RENT…It’s a combination of the long weak economy and a significant change in shopping patterns. This is sad for us, and we know for our customers. Granny-Made® will continue online where we’ve had websites and a presence on the internet since the mid 1990’s. Our plans are to significantly increase our online children’s business. We may even bring back some of our women’s sweaters & accessories. For those who want to have a more personal online shopping experience, you will still be able to skype, email, or call us and we’ll personally handle your order…fingers crossed, the lease is also for sale and quite a good deal….eventually all the fixtures, displays, and merchandise will be on sale…We’ve had a great run that we’re very proud of…27 years here on the upper Westside! Thank-you all again…we’ve appreciated your friendships and your patronage…we will miss you. Michael, Adele, Ruth, Hannah, and Gracie!”
Carol Genirs told us that the closing is a big loss: “I have two young daughters and have bought many dresses (including their ‘fancy’ holiday dresses) and sweaters for them from Granny Made. It was also my go-to place for baby gifts for my friends. They carry the most gorgeous baby sweaters. Everyone in the shop was always so helpful. I was feeling hopeful and optimistic when they moved north on Amsterdam to their new location a few years ago. I felt like it was a sign they’d be around for a long time. Alas, I guess this was not in the plans. So sorry to see them go.
Pildes Optical is moving from Broadway between 77th and 78th to Broadway between 76th and 77th, the former home of Grom. No word yet on what will replace it.
Maxiga, a bright orange novelty store on Broadway and 80th street, closed a few weeks ago. The store was featured in our holiday shopping guide last year.
Thanks to Rebecca Frey for the photo and tips, and to Carol and Ken for the tips.