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woodstack

It appears House of Jeans, an Avenue U apparel staple for more than 40 years, is getting a new name.

The business’ sign came down from the 2118 Avenue U storefront a few weeks ago, and was recently replaced by another sign that says WOODstack. The inventory appears to be much of the same: brand name sneakers, casual clothing and accessories.

It’s not entirely clear if this is new ownership or just a rebranding. Another WOODstack with the same logo exists in East Flatbush. At the very least, they’ve shared owners since September 2013, when WOODstack’s Facebook page posted an album of photos titled “All our stores,” showing both the East Flatbush WOODstack, Avenue U’s House of Jeans and 1-of-1, a similar retailer in Union, New Jersey.

It’s likely they were also under the same ownership earlier in 2013, when the storefront was renovated and modernized.

No one was available to speak with us when we stopped by, and it did not yet appear as if they were open as of today. However, it looked as if it was ready to open doors any day now.

Best of luck with the new name!

magic-lady

Ladies, meet lingerie. Magic Lady Lingerie.

The business is now open at 2025 Avenue U. It replaces In Style, a woman’s clothing store.

It’s not entirely a new business. Magic Lady used to be at 1820 Avenue M, but an employee told us today that they moved a few weeks ago.

Welcome to the neighborhood. We can always use more lingerie.

xinghui

Well, that was fast. Less than five months after opening, Xing Hui Fashion at 1222 Avenue U is now closed.

We spotted the “For rent” signs this morning. It was only in March that we announced the business was set to open, selling jewelry, handbags, clothing, shoes and accessories.

Hopefully the location fills up faster than its previous vacancy. It sat empty for at least a year following the closure of a formal attire retailer and tailor.

premium-style

The long-lived Sysut Computers Computer Service Center – one of the neighborhood’s first tech stores at 2021 Avenue U - has moved. In its place comes Premium Style, a new clothing store set to open soon. Apparently it will focus on European fashion.

As for Sysut, a Yelp reviewer notes that they’ve moved to Nostrand Avenue and Avenue P. Now a repair and parts shop, Sysut holds a special place in my heart. Back in the early 90s it was the only local place to buy Apple IIGS games long after they became irrelevant. Really, it was probably irresponsible to sell Leisure Suit Larry to a kid my age, but I turned out okay.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Premium Style. And good luck in your new location, Sysut.

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Kings Plaza Shopping Center (5100 Kings Plaza) will soon be home to the first Brooklyn locations of three national brands: Fossil, Michael Kors and Justice.

The Commercial Observer reports:

Michael Kors, which sells sell apparel, accessories and footwear, leased 4,000 square feet at the borough’s only enclosed mall. Fossil will sell its watches, handbags and jewelry out of a 1,100-square-foot space at the mall and Justice girls clothing store will sell its duds from a 4,200-square-foot space.

Fossil will be the first to open in the spring. Fall will see the arrival of Michael Kors, while Justice is slated for the holiday season.

fashion

Avenue U is home to a new clothing store, Xing Hui Fashion, selling jewelry, handbags, clothing, shoes and accessories, according to the sign.

The business opened at 1222 Avenue U, a storefront that’s been empty for at least a year. It previously was a formal attire retailer and tailor.

We also noticed that the dry cleaner’s next door, previously POM Dry Cleaners, has rebranded as Red Apple Dry Cleaners. Exciting stuff, eh?

Welcome to the neighborhood, Xing Hui Fashion.

prom

Prom Outfitters, a new formal wear shop, has opened at 2417 Coney Island Ave, just south of Avenue U.

According to an employee at the store, they’ve been up and running for about two weeks. It’s the second location for the business. The original store still serves customers at 1001 Flatbush Avenue.

The new Coney Island location replaces one of the many storefronts once occupied by Lester’s clothing store, a Sheepshead Bay staple that has been shrinking its retail footprint over the past year.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Prom Outfitters!

loehmanns

Loehmann’s discount clothing store at 2027 Emmons Avenue closed for good on Wednesday, wrapping up its seven-week-long closeout sale.

We first announced the impending closure of Loehmann’s in early January, after the retailer filed for bankruptcy and won a court decision permitting it to sell of inventory and holdings.

Thirty-nine stores in all are now closed, ending a nearly 100-year-long presence in the borough where it all began.

The Sheepshead Bay Loehmann’s opened its doors in the 1990s after a long and bitter battle between the property developer and locals who feared it was an inappropriate use of waterfront land. A special zoning district was enacted for the Sheepshead Bay waterfront in the 1970s, reserving the land for waterfront- and tourist-related activities.

This is the opposite of what Marshalls looks like today. (Photo by Paypaul)

It looks like it’s discount-designer-apparel-retailer-closed day on Sheepshead Bites.

We’ve received word that Marshalls at 1623 Avenue Y is “closed until further notice.” We received the tip at approximately 10 a.m. this morning, then learned from the source that the location has suffered a broken water pipe.

Which should serve as a reminder to all of us – keep those faucet taps open a little bit to prevent freezing in this chilly weather.

loehmanns

It looks like the controversial and eponymous tenant of the Loehmann’s Seaport Plaza building on Emmons Avenue will soon vacate, following approval from a bankruptcy judge to sell off inventory and holdings.

The discount designer apparel retailer is shutting its doors after filing for bankruptcy in December. A judge on Tuesday gave the green light to conduct at “Going out of Business” sale of merchandise at the retailer’s 40 locations across 11 states.

In Sheepshead Bay, it means a prime waterfront commercial space at 2027 Emmons Avenue will now go vacant, after being one of the strip’s prime attractions for local shoppers. It also means that nearly 100 employees at the local location will be looking for work, an employee told Sheepshead Bites over the phone today.

The storefront is set to close its doors for good some time in March, the employee said. Until then, shoppers can enjoy bargains between 10 and 40 percent off, with the sale kicking off today.

The Sheepshead Bay Loehmann’s opened its doors in the 1990s after a long and bitter battle between the property developer and locals who feared it was an inappropriate use of waterfront land. A special zoning district was enacted for the Sheepshead Bay waterfront in the 1970s, reserving the land for waterfront- and tourist-related activities.

The Loehmann’s space was renovated in 2010 after a fire in a neighboring restaurant caused damages. Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 shuttered the location once again, and it reopened doors to shoppers in February.

The three-story, 280,000 square foot retail center came under new ownership in 2008, setting a local real estate record with a sale price of $24 million.

Founded in Crown Heights in 1921, Loehmann’s has struggled to compete in recent years, filing for bankruptcy two previous times. It follows the trend of other discount apparel retailers, including Filene’s Basement and Daffy’s, both of which filed for bankruptcy in the past two years.

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