No More Rita’s Leather Fair at 143 Orchard

Posted on: August 27th, 2010 at 6:12 am by

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It’s really no secret that the leather vendors on Orchard Street are hanging on for dear life.  Their demise is gradual, but seemingly inevitable in the face of the gold rush.  Sunday pedestrian malls don’t attract so much foot traffic anymore, and many of the old-school storefronts are quietly shuttering.  One-by-one. And now another. Rita’s Leather Fair at 143 Orchard Street has been vacant for months.

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Renovations were underway in June, but are now presumably complete.  Indeed, the requisite Misrahi Realty sign just recently surfaced, as did a real estate listing on their website.  Here are the deets.  Of particular note is the reference to our neighborhood as an “up and coming hotel district.”

Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Price: $5000
Size: 800
Lease: 5-10 years
Restrooms: 1
Exits: 1

800 sq ft store with 400 sq ft basement

In the heart of the lower east side!

Located between Rivington and Delancey street,
next to many retail shops and restaurants. Prime
location in this up and coming hotel district

Rita’s Leather Fair was already a displaced victim, thanks to the construction of the ever-hated Hell Building.  Before the wrecking ball, the leather shop was located at 176 Orchard Street.

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[Photo Credit: Curbed]

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