It was during one of my many early morning waits for a covid test in the freezing cold at CityMD that I found myself scanning across the street to the southside of Chambers, looking at one empty storefront after another. I know I am overdue on updating the Retail Vacancy Report that Erik did annually, so consider this the first installment.
It is not pretty.
Between Broadway and Church, there are six empty store fronts out of 14 — 42 percent. Most closed during and due to the darkest days of the pandemic but there are other trends afoot: changes in retail banking; our new hybrid work schedules that have permanently shifted the office landscape; even curbside dining — or the lack of it on a busy street like Chambers — played a role here.
The panorama starts with the former Chase bank on the corner of Broadway and ends with the new Spectrum store on the corner of Church. (And I know a few of us found the size and neon of the Spectrum sign a bit jarring. Now I say bring it on.)
270 Broadway – Chase Bank CLOSED
74 – Tribeca Hair Studio
76 – Blue Spoon Coffee
78 – Philly Pretzel Factory – CLOSED
84 – Hank’s Juicy Beef – CLOSED
88 – Chambers Street Orthodontics
90 – Kaede Japanese – CLOSED
92 – Abey Nails & Spa – CLOSED
94A – Rahman Candy & Tobacco Inc.
94 – Racine’s
96 – Sophie’s Cuban – CLOSED
98 – A Saffron Thread
100 – Dunkin’ Donuts / Baskin Robbins
151 Church – Spectrum