The Paul Frank Store in Little Italy Closes
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The wide-mouthed “Julius the Monkey” has departed Little Italy for good, and in its wake, a corner vacancy. That’s right, after an impressive decade-long run, the Paul Frank Store at 195 Mulberry Street (corner of Kenmare) is no longer in existence. Windows are now covered with brown paper, and a pair of computer printouts announce the news. “Closed Forever.”
Paul Frank Industries, based in southern California, opened this anchor space around 2003. The smallish retail footprint attracted crowds with its eclectic selection of branded clothes, tchotchkes, and accessories. 195 Mulberry had been the only location for the company in New York City. Guess business wasn’t what it used to be.