‘Spirit Halloween’ Store Opening Soon at Former Chase Bank on Delancey Street
It’s that time of season again. No, not back to school. Rather, the torrent of Halloween costume shops popping up around town.
Much like last fall, the former Chase Bank branch at 104 Delancey Street is is on the way to becoming a “Spirit Halloween” store. This time around, though, it’s not a Ricky’s branded outlet.
104 Delancey has been little but a vacancy in the three years since Chase pulled out to consolidate its footprint across the street. Other than two high-profile art shows – Hanksy’s “Best of the Worst” and a sculpture exhibit by Urs Fischer – the location is probably holding out for the deep pocketed businesses. Indeed, the space is owned by the one and only Samy Mahfar, and remains on the open market. (Mahfar purchased the property in 2014 for $13.1 million)
Yes, just another instance of high rent blight on the Lower East Side – the phenomenon whereby landlords “warehouse” and wait for the highest offer, most usually a chain. These stores often become seasonal retail like this or for Christmas.