Just a month ago I did a post on Ray Beauty Supply, calling it "one of the last old-school businesses left on 8th Avenue off Times Square." Now a commenter writes in, "went to ray's over the weekend and it's closed for good. no one knows if they are going to reopen somewhere else. It closed like 3 weeks ago."
None of their phone numbers are picking up. I went by to find the gates down and a pink sign in the window saying: "Soon to be going under renovations." But there's also a marshal's notice dated 10/22 posted on the door, stating that the landlord has taken possession of the premises.
I asked the owner of the Army/Navy store next door if he knew the story. He just said, "They're gone."
Ray's had been in business for over 50 years. Their claim to fame was being "New York's Oldest Beauty Supply."
Ray Beauty Supply