Lea’s Dress Shop is Closing After 44 Years on Orchard Street
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More carnage to report today on Orchard Street where the Bargain District bloodbath worsens.
One remnant vendor, operational since the 1970s, is calling it quits. Lea’s Dress Shop, founded at 125 Orchard in around 1970, is about to close its doors. A sad sign straddles the window announcing the imminent closure, and how “everything must be sold.”
Through the decades, this discount retailer offered bargains on women’s apparel (dresses, coats, sportswear), including selections from European fashion designers like Bill Blass, Roberto Quaglia, or Renzo. The store has been owned and operated by Eugene Gluck, whose mother Lea started the business all those years ago. Upward real estate pressures in this part of the neighborhood, coupled with online deals and the SoHo shopping mall, likely contributed to this demise.
The commercial rent at 125 Orchard is roughly $8,000.