Pacific Business Machine at 58 Orchard

Posted on: December 23rd, 2009 at 6:36 am by

Cash register suppliers might be an endangered species in this neighborhood now, but it wasn’t always that way.  At one point, the Bowery was synonymous with cash register storefronts.  In a March 2009 New York Times profile of Faerman’s [via Vanishing NY], James Barron wrote that “beneath the old Third Avenue el, among the restaurant supply stores and the flophouses and the down-and-outers who lived in them, stores trafficked in cash registers.”

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Defying the odds, Pacific Business Machine, Inc. (PBM) recently opened a stateside outpost at 58N Orchard Street. According to the official website, PBM is actually based in Hong Kong, and specializes in point-of-sales cash registers and restaurant systems.  Their R&D and manufacturing is located in the city of Shenzhen, China.  Alas, the store is now obstructed by scaffolding from the construction next door.

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