When MooShoes Reopens, it’ll be with an All-Vegan Grocery Next Door
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Nine years after dropping anchor at 78 Orchard Street, MooShoes is currently undergoing a massive renovation. When the beloved vegan shoe store reopens, though, it’ll be a departure from what you remember. Something new altogether. The proverbial pivot.
Passing by the store, it’s quite clear that the space is now bisected. Two separate business units. Here’s what’s happening: not only will the shoe shop return, but the newly created retail footprint is to become a full service vegan grocery. It’s called Orchard Grocer and will feature an all-vegan deli, dry goods, and even soft serve ice cream.
Co-owner Erica Kubersky tells us that MooShoes should be open by the beginning of September, with the grocer following a month later.
As for the store cats, they’re in good hands. “The cats are staying with one of the employees until the renovations are done, we hope they will like what we have done with the place,” Kubersky tells us.
MooShoes was co-founded in 2001 by Queens natives Erica and Sara Kubersky. Their original location was actually located, somewhat ironically, in a former Gramercy butcher shop. Two years later, the vegan shoe store relocated to 152 Allen Street where it resided for the next four years, before jumping further south in 2007 to its current home at 78 Orchard Street.