Clinton Street Suffers Retail Closures
It’s a veritable bloodbath down on Clinton Street near Delancey. Until now, this slice of real estate pretty much remained impregnable from the creeping forces of gentrification. Well, at least relatively speaking. Most of the businesses between Delancey and Rivington are a mixed bag of old school mom-and-pops – unisex barber shops, wireless dealers, bakeries, 99-cent stores, etc.
The glitz and glam is predominantly relegated to points north. But still, closures are everywhere! Within no time, a half-dozen businesses were forced out. Here is a list of the fallen:
91 Clinton Street – Nelly’s Beautiful Hair Salon, Xiao Qin Flower Shop
86 Clinton Street – Venus Boutique, Denisha Fashion, Latinos Multiservice
79 Clinton Street – Lucky
Leasing signs courtesy of Ripco are already in place in all four storefronts at 86 Clinton Street, begging for some high-end retail. And how much longer will that awesome Denisha Fashion Sign remain? Meanwhile, the Lucky variety store was the most recent victim, and had been in the neighborhood since 1979. They said goodbye to the Lower East Side a few weeks ago, and penned a really nice farewell letter.
[Photo Credit: GammaBlog]
Dear Friends and Customers of LUCKY, It is with a touch of sadness that we are announcing the closing of LUCKY. We will be closing at the end of October 2010. Since opening LUCKY in 1979 we have grown attached to this community as well as to our fellow merchants on Clinton Street and the vicinity. Over the past 30 years, we have weathered through tough economic and social times (9-11) and celebrated happy events as well (Puerto Rican DayParade). We have seen fads and fashions come and go including some that return again (fluorescent earrings, black rubber bands, echo keychains, gold nugget rings). We will never forget all the memories of our customers who have become like family. lt never ceases to amaze us when we see the childrcn who have grown up to bring their own children to shop at the store.