Days Numbered for Jimmy Jazz at 86 Delancey, Redux

Posted on: May 12th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

For the second year in a row, urban outfitter Jimmy Jazz is on the proverbial ropes.  Its first brush with death was in January 2010, when the landlord taped “2001 Real Estate” signs in the windows announcing storefront availability (1,200 square-feet plus basement).  But within a few months of that action, the leasing ads quietly disappeared.

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Now a year-and-change later, identical signs have returned to 86 Delancey.  We chatted with a couple of employees outside the establishment yesterday, and learned that the parent company is looking to eventually ditch the Lower East Side location.  Much of their clientele is no longer in the neighborhood, and so the purported strategy is to focus on Brooklyn and Harlem.  This particular Jimmy Jazz will remain unless and until the landlord finds a new occupant.  So stock up on those Nikes while you still can.

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Jimmy Jazz is a twenty-year veteran in the game, and is helmed by President and founder James Khezrie.  Specifically named after the memorable Clash song, the first store opened on Delancey in 1988 (the Sam Chang Holiday Inn).  Humble neighborhood beginnings gave way to expansion, with the company eventually tallying over thirty branches in the Five Boroughs alone.  Today, the company boasts roughly 120 stores on main streets and malls along the East Coast.

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