Moscot Looks to be Opening Down the Block at 94 Orchard Street
It appears Moscot is again on the move. And likely just down the block.
Storefront buildout recently commenced on the ground floor of 94 Orchard Street, the pre-war tenement building CEO Harvey Moscot purchased last May for $4.75 million. Chatter at the construction site alleges that the century-old eyewear business will maintain a presence here at the former home of Top Hops beer shop. And that it’s likely a relocation from the corner of Delancey.
This latest development in the Moscot narrative curiously arrives on the heels of reports that the current store down the block may (or may not) be back on the market for new blood. There were vehement denials about any relocation at the time.
If this new store comes to pass, it would be the second change within a decade for the LES flagship.
Founded as a modest pushcart business in 1915, family patriarch Hyman Moscot scored success, leading to the original store at 118 Orchard in 1936. And there it stayed for 76 years. Until Helm Equities purchased the building with plans to construct the present-day twelve-story residential tower, forcing Moscot to cross Delancey to its current spot.