Several stores have closed or will close shortly — even a chain drug store — as a few new shops prepare to open up on the Upper West Side.
The Duane Reade on Broadway between 83rd and 84th street is closing on July 17, several stunned tipsters told us. Prescriptions will be available at 2409 Broadway, or any other Duane Reade or Walgreens (which owns Duane Reade). As Jeff wrote below, maybe the neighborhood is actually saturated with drug/convenience stores now.
“This is a small store compared with what DR has been opening in recent years. It opened about 1995 and, as I recall, was at that time one of the only DRs south of about 94th Street. The shelves are now pretty bare; one of the employees told another customer last night that much of their merchandise has been transferred to the Bway at 88th Street store. They are, however, hawking much Halloween merchandise.
It’s funny that there are three other small — and independent — pharmacy or Duane Reade-like stores within just a couple of blocks: Essentials at 81st Street, Price Wise between 84th and 85th, and Broadway Pharmacy (next to Broadway Farm), between 85th and 86th. Between those nearby stores, and the newer “mega” Duane Reades at 88th Street, (about?) 75th Street, and 72nd Street, the new CVS at 77th and the older one on Amsterdam at 86th — is it possible that we’ve actually been saturated??”
The Toy Store on Broadway between 89th and 90th is closing in a couple of months because the landlord is raising the rent to $17,000 a month, the owner told our tipster. Items are selling for 20% to 50% off. It’s one of several local toy stores that have closed in the past couple of months.
The Rite Aid on 104th street and Broadway has closed, making way for a CityMD urgent care clinic, according to one of the tipsters who contacted us. The phone there now directs customers to the Duane Reade a block South.
The Coldwell Banker Bellmarc office at 78th and Broadway has relocated to a new bigger space on 102nd and Broadway.
Olde Good Things, the antique shop on Columbus between 81st and 82nd street, is closing at the end of the month. A sign says they are “moving,” but it’s not clear if they mean they’ll try to stay in the neighborhood; the sign directs shoppers to their newest location at 32nd and Madison. The landlord had been marketing the space at $35,000 a month.
The Aire on 67th and Amsterdam will finally get a retail tenant as Elite Home, a luxury furniture and interiors store, is building a new store inside. Thanks to Denton, Andrew and Francesco for the tips.