East Coast MMA Opening ‘Fight Shop’ at 131 Orchard Street

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 at 5:00 am by
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The half of 131 Orchard initially earmarked for Black Tree expansion has taken a different commercial course entirely. Back to retail for the former leather vendor M.S. Fashions. This south store was under the knife these last few months, shielded by a tattered sidewalk shed sheathed in graffiti and DOB permits. Coincidentally, construction concluded last week just as our Black Tree story went live.

Today the plywood is gone. And for those worried about some retail diversity along Orchard Street in Hell Square, here’s one for you. Get ready for the presence of mixed martial arts.

East Coast MMA is opening another of its “fight shops” here within two weeks. The shop will be stocked with plenty of gear and apparel for all the fans and fighters out there. It’s the third location for the brand behind Williamsburg and Rockville Center. Each location aims to service the New York City/Long Island fight scene “with the best MMA gear, clothing, and accessories available.” Apparently there’s a large enough clientele in the neighborhood to warrant another outpost.

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Photo: East Coast MMA

As previously reported, controversial landlord Samy Mahfar is the rightful owner of 131 Orchard, having purchased the property in 2013. Black Tree principals had informed us that the deal to annex the south store fell through after some “unreasonable” lease terms.

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