Barneys New York Seventh Avenue Location Replaced by Spirit Halloween
From Prada to pirate costumes.
The former 101 Seventh Avenue outpost of luxury department store Barneys New York has been taken over by seasonal pop-up Spirit Halloween, after sitting empty for nearly two years, Curbed New York reported.
Seventh Avenue had long been home to Barneys, which first debuted at a different location on the block in 1923 and remained there until the ’90s. Barneys returned to the area in 2016, when it opened its 101 Seventh outpost.
However, facing a struggling retail climate and a huge rent hike from Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation at its 660 Madison Avenue flagship, Barneys filed for bankruptcy in 2019. It was eventually sold to Authentic Brands and B. Riley for $271 million, closing all of its locations in 2020.
Barneys’ vacant 101 Seventh office and retail condo, which sits at the base of a 19-story building, went up for sale last year with the owners looking to fetch between $40 to $50 million, as Commercial Observer previously reported.
But, even though its Seventh Avenue outpost is now a bit spookier, Barneys isn’t fully in the grave. It plans to return to Manhattan sometime this year; this time, inside a Saks Fifth Avenue location.
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