‘Ralo’ Heads to Retirement After Brief Stay on Orchard Street
Ralo just got here, and already it’s leaving.
The “authentic Tibetan rug” store, which recently celebrated 33 years in business, just vacated 48 Orchard Street. Since springtime, signs and sandwich boards announced their so-called retirement sale. The store eventually closed shop last week, capping under two years on the block for the company.
Ralo had been in New York City for decades. First-generation Tibetan immigrant Tsering Lhungay opened the store back in 1985. At the time, it was considered one of the first Tibetan-owned businesses in the country. He moved Ralo to the 2,000 square-foot Lower East Side location from SoHo in December 2016.