Steve Madden Warehouse at Ludlow and Rivington is Closing
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“The LES gets malled.” That was the headline by Curbed’s Joey Arak back in 2006, when the neighborhood first learned that the Steve Madden Warehouse would move into Hell Square. The rumor proved true, and a year later, the convicted felon’s shoe company opened its shiny new shop at 100 Rivington Street. (Madden was found guilty in 2002 of securities fraud and stock manipulation)
Now, almost six years after debuting at the corner of Ludlow and Rivington, the store is set to close. A final date has not been announced, though.
That’s right, the “everything must go” sale announcements in the windows are not for any sort of end-of-season discount. It’s a message saying, “we’re fucked.” A spokesperson at Steve Madden confirmed that the 100 Rivington outpost (#707) is indeed closing. A reason wasn’t given from the front-office, but an employee at the store tells us that the landlord decided not to renew their lease.
Some might revel in this news as street justice of some sort, but there should still be reason to worry. What if the last non-nightlife corner of this intersection falls? Four corners of bars in Hell Square might piss off a lot of people…