Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Bowery Kitchen Supplies

VANISHING

Bowery Kitchen Supplies has been doing business in Chelsea Market since 1996. Now they're closing.



"We have no choice but to close our doors," they write in their posted notice, listing the reasons: "The soaring rents and extra charges by corporate landlords, the rapid and dramatic changes in the retail landscape especially for 'brick and mortar' businesses and finally an aggressive NY state and city tax bureau."

Last week, they wrote on their Facebook page, "As a small business in NYC we struggle thru many crises, we ourselves thru 9/11, hurricanes, outages and on. Never any help from the government, just higher taxes. And now high rents and next day delivery are taking their toll on the few that survived."



Bowery Kitchen Supplies originally opened on the Bowery in 1975, founded by the Nourieli family.

Google purchased their home, Chelsea Market, for $2.4 billion in 2018, in what's been called "the second-largest full single-asset sale ever" in the city.



3 comments:

Mark said...

Google has been eating up real estate in that area for some time now.

We had offices across the street in the old Port Authority building for over a decade, but Google threw us out at the end of our lease. We would up moving to Times Square. The culture shock was immense.

Art said...

Watch the video till the end. It looks like Google paid to produce the video "in support of small businesses." Oh, the irony.

Brian said...

These wonderful family run specialty shops that used to make New York the shopping Mecca for the country have been lost to exactly what the Bowery Kitchen Supply state in their farewell notice. The online internet stores, the NYC real estate rental market, the costs of running a New York business including high city/state taxes, corporate interests squeezing out the little guy.