Trader Joe’s Wine Shop was identified for its broad number of low cost wines and had a loyal buyer base. Outdoors the entrance doorways on Thursday, confused prospects like Jaquana Cornelius, stopped in their tracks once they noticed the coated home windows and questioned what occurred.
“So they’re just moving locations? I’m so confused right now, what’s going on?” she requested the others gathered across the discover. “I’m pissed, I don’t understand how it could just be gone, this is so random … it can’t have been because business was bad.”
“I am so bummed,” Arthur Souza, one other buyer, mentioned. He had commuted half-hour from Hell’s Kitchen solely to search out out the shop was shut down. “I used to come here and buy a lot of wines, like 20 bottles, and drink them for several months. So I’m gonna have to find a Plan B now.”
Olivia Villeco, one other patron, was headed to the shop to choose up wine after work when she realized the store was closed.
“It says they’re exploring another location, but who knows when that’ll be,” she mentioned. “I came here probably last week and I didn’t know anything about it. I’m curious to know what was going on behind the scenes.”
Some exterior the shop speculated on what might need occurred for the shop to close down so abruptly.
“Why didn’t they find a new location before they shut it down? I guess they got forced to shut down,” Depend-Sebastian Cherry, a Brooklynite who visits the shop when he’s in the world, mentioned. “Maybe the rent was too much.”
However the lease hadn’t modified, in accordance with a spokesperson for NYU, which owns the constructing.
“There’s been no change in NYU’s lease with Trader Joe’s, and it has a number of extra years to run. The closure of the wine store is a choice Trader Joe’s made independently and internally,” NYU spokesperson John Beckman instructed Gothamist.
In the meantime, Kasim Taylor, a inventory supervisor at Union Square Wines and Liquor, stood exterior shepherding disenchanted prospects to the wine retailer across the nook, handing out fliers that learn, “Flash sale, 10% off on all regularly priced still wines.”
“So right now we’re basically taking advantage and sending all the customers to our store right now,” Taylor mentioned.
Again on the Union Square Wine and Liquor retailer, Villeco discovered herself looking the cabinets for a high quality, reasonably priced wine like those she purchased at Trader Joe’s.
“I was looking for Chianti’s over there, cause there’s a good $5.99 one I like at Trader Joe’s … I was looking over there and I see nothing under $30,” she mentioned.
She finally discovered a wine on the retailer, selecting a $10 bottle of Montepulciano.
Trader Joe’s staff acquired the same observe to the one taped to the shop in their emails at midnight the night time earlier than, thanking them for (*15*) It went on to state they might discuss to every crew member individually about “the opportunity to transfer to another Trader Joe’s store in New York City.”
A spokesperson for Trader Joe’s didn’t elaborate on the abrupt closure, and pointed Gothamist to the identical assertion posted to the entrance doorways of the now-closed Union Square wine store.