Commercial revitalization is one of our key focuses at Nostrand Park. So we were excited when we saw that a "for rent" sign previously posted on a particular Nostrand storefront(can't recall the exact address but it's around 758 Nostrand between Sterling and Park) had finally come down. What could be coming in? Clothing store? Restaurant? Art gallery?
At first one of the workers told us it would be a grocery store. Which didn't make sense given the nearby competition. But after some snooping we managed to speak with the owner who informed us, as you may have guessed from the post title, that it will be a 99 cent shop. No, no, no!
We did a post a couple of weeks about the $743 million retail gap in Crown Heights. Across dozens of retail and service categories, from food services, to clothing, to auto-related - Crown Heights is grossly underserved.
And yet, what comes to answer the call? Yet another 99 cent/variety store - there is another one that opened up a block away a couple of months ago(there is about 1 per block on Nostrand). Ugh!
According to our conversations with some local landlords, Crown Heights (Nostrand specifically) has been typecast. And despite their efforts to attract more diverse businesses, the same cast of characters keep showing up.
We are working on some retail development initiatives, and we are happy to see some of the new businesses like Syd's Serious Sandwich Shop open, but its frustrating to see 99 cent posse still has such a tight hold.
Anyways, that's just our rant...