The Danish are invading Columbus Avenue, a bank leased a prime corner spot, and a longtime electronics store has closed.
Flying Tiger has now put up signs on the windows of its soon-to-open store at 424 Columbus Avenue (80th-81st street), the former home of Bellmarc real estate offices. The sign says “Halløj Upper West Side!” It explains a little about the Danish store and what it sells: “You’ll find things you need, things you’ve dreamed of and things you never knew existed. Things for your home, your parties, your kids and more, all at surprisingly affordable prices.” Opening August 2016. Thanks to Jeanne for the photos.
Golden Sound, the small electronics store at 2206 Broadway (78th-79th), closed on Wednesday. A customer, Peggy Thomson, told us they had been around 40 years. “Another independent UWS institution driven out by a sudden, exponential increase in rent. Operated by the nicest folk who know everything there is to know about watch batteries, small electronic repair, and much, much more. Honest service offered with a smile. The reliable, go-to place for small electronics on the UWS.” An employee at the store confirmed the closing but said he didn’t have time to discuss the reasons. Thanks to Gavan for the photo.
The long-vacant corner space at 2551 Broadway (96th street) that once housed Rite Aid will become a…bank! Yes, the Chase that’s now mostly on the second floor of the building is leasing the rest of the building, a worker told our tipster Paul. Last we checked, the asking rent was $127,083 a month, or $250 per square foot. Thanks to Paul for the photo.