Bloodbath in the Bargain District: 3 More Discount Vendors on Orchard Street Bow Out

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 at 5:13 am by
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It’s a bloodbath in the former “Bargain District.” Three old school apparel vendors are on the way out. All in quick succession.

The second coming of Giuseppe Uomo ended earlier this month. But the closure is actually a year in the making.

The store closing signs first appeared at 130 Orchard Street around this time last year, yet business hobbled along until earlier this month. In the interim, Michael Shah (aka DelShah Capital) purchased the building (aka the Beckenstein) for $28 million and is looking to upscale the retail. He’s now trying to install a potential bait-and-switch spot in the shared address next door called Orchard Street Social.

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The original Giuseppe Uomo shop at 130 Orchard vacated the block back in 2009 and had remained a dormancy for two consecutive years. All Leather from across the street eventually moved its inventory to the space in 2011. Now it, too, is gone.

Just up the block at 159 Orchard, Belraf Fabrics is likewise kaput. The “going out of business” signs sit in the windows.

At more than thirty years (reportedly), its stint on the Lower East Side bests the others. Before moving to the current location in 2009, the textile shop was headquartered around the corner on Stanton. (Clayton Patterson mentioned shopping here for his trademark “Clayton Caps” back in the day.)

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And then there’s Arivel. This leather goods shop is actually owned by the landlord, and has been shopped on the open market for the last three years. As of this weekend, there are several “going out of business sale” signs in the windows. They’re obviously holding out for the highest price.

Taking stock now, there are less than ten such old-school vendors (and their respective “callers”) left on upper Orchard Street. The tradition is dead, along with the complementary Sunday pedestrian mall

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