Maraya Cigars Closes Its Orchard Street Store (Formerly Guss’ Pickles)
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In what seems like eons, it was already five years ago that Guss’ Pickles departed the Lower East Side for Borough Park. (Alas, the pickle purveyors didn’t last long in the new environment) Its old digs at 87 Orchard Street quickly fell into the hands of a specialty cigar shop called Maraya, whose own tenure just came to an end.
Maraya Cigars, which debuted in the fall of 2010, closed within the last couple weeks. The space itself has been cleared out and prepped for the next tenant.
The cigar store added a unique retail flavor to the block, yet never seemed to strike a chord that resonated. The sliver retail footprint was usually empty; they somehow managed to eke out four-and-a-half years on the block. Seriously, you gotta sell a lot of overpriced Cigars to make that rent.
In the end, this tiny nook of a space is certainly not ideal real estate for commercial use, so it’ll be interesting to see what eventually happens here.