A new Shake Shack is opening and a chain drugstore is actually closing.
Shake Shack is opening a new restaurant at 116th Street and Broadway in the former home of Ollie’s Chinese restaurant. “For seven or eight years I have said to our team, ‘Guys, can’t we get a Shake Shack up near Columbia and Barnard?’” Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti told the Columbia Spectator. “I have said for years before that this spot, the only spot I really want, is that old Ollie’s spot on 116th and Broadway.” It’s set to open by the end of the year.
Duane Reade is closing a location at 2148 Broadway between 75th and 76th Street as of Feb. 27. Gretchen talked to a manager, who said that it’s part of a larger plan to consolidate. After years of expansions, could chain drugstores actually be disappearing from the Upper West Side? And one day, will you miss them?
Butcher shop Hudson & Charles is getting closer to opening at 555 Amsterdam Avenue at 87th Street, the former home of Schatzie the Butcher (which is now on Broadway between 101st and 102nd). Thanks to Kevin and Oren for the tips. Hudson & Charles also has a location downtown.
Yogurt and Candy World on Columbus between 81st and 82nd is closing in a week, an employee told Carol. According to the employee they apparently can’t pay the $15,000 rent and are moving to 2nd Avenue where the rent is $8,000. “We’re losing the best dark-chocolate nonpareils ever!”
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