xCubicle Game Repair Shop is Downsizing After 9 Years on Essex Street [Updated]

Posted on: July 6th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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To be honest, we had just begun jotting notes about the zig-zag of gaming-related businesses below Delancey Street. Anchored by longtime repair shop xCubicle at 25 Essex Street, the area spawned two like-minded operations in recent years. Gamer’s Paradise at 21 Ludlow and Xeno Zero at 24 Orchard.

Alas, it’s now A period of transition for xCubicle. Real estate listings that surfaced last week spell the message pretty clearly; they’re leaving the corner and reportedly consolidating into a tiny space Next to Joy’s. 

I’m not going to bore you with all the silly lingo that other listings have. High TRAFFIC! Awesome Neighborhood! Etc… You can do your own research on that. We’re renting out a corner store front which is pretty hard to come by around here. What I will tell you is that we have the park right across the street and the weekly Hester street Fair on Saturdays. Our neighbors is a Taco place, spring roll spot, a repair shop and a flower shop. It’s definitely an up and coming spot as the Essex Crossing is being built and should be done in 2 years or so. This area is up and coming. Secure your spot now!

Rent sought for the “rare” 400 square-foot space is negotiable, but pegged at an opening price of $5,500.

Owner Patrick Cheng tells us: “we are not actually closing. =) We’re just transitioning our business to something less dependent on a physical space and we really don’t need a prime corner spot for what were doing. Having been there for 9+ years and with the rent increase every year, the rent is getting a bit too high, which is why we’re consolidating and looking for a new neighbor.”

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xCubicle was founded in 2007 by Patrick Cheng. For the first five years, repairs and such were conducted in a cramped eight-by-five-foot workshop at 23 Essex Street (hence, inspiration for its moniker). On any given day it was visibly filled to the brim with scattered tools and gutted game consoles. Their bread and butter included mail-in repair options, used video games, and buybacks of old systems at a nominal price (mainly for parts).

Business thrived and the venture eventually moved down to the corner of Hester Street in 2012.

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xCubicle pre-move storefront, October 2010

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