With Champ Depot Out, Bowery Corner Gains Another Gallery
For more than a decade, the Champ Depot restaurant supply company occupied 176 Bowery. Now, its former home is completely empty and fetching for a new deep-pocketed tenant.
There is a torrent of listings on Craigslist fishing for suitors (“last corner retail in Nolita”), yet one was already found to occupy the second floor. It’s a new gallery called The Shop, and it takes the address 1 Kenmare. Opening is scheduled for tomorrow night.
The Shop is the handiwork of Rich Tkach, who previously held down the Lomex showroom at 134 Bowery.
Meanwhile, the ground floor is still vacant and up for grabs. Champ Depot has since relocated to the southeast corner of Grand Street and Eldridge Streets.
This building is rather notable for its visibility when heading westbound from the Williamsburg Bridge. Its rooftop advertecture has displayed some classic spots from the Village Voice, such as, “Where have all the junkies gone?”