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Spirit Halloween Deal to Take Over Former Chelsea Bed Bath & Beyond Falls Through

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Spirit Halloween had been planning to take over the former Bed Bath & Beyond store in Chelsea for its seasonal New York City flagship, but the deal has fallen through, the company told Commercial Observer.

The Halloween megastore had been negotiating a 60-day sublease for 10,000 square feet at RXR‘s 620 Avenue of the Americas and posted about it on social media before the plans were eventually dropped, according to a representative for the retailer. It wasn’t clear who was brokering the deal for Spirit or the sublandlord, Bed Bath & Beyond. The store was set to open later this month.

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Despite the location falling through, Spirit — which sells costumes and decorations, typically in temporary pop-up locations — still plans to open 14 other seasonal stores throughout New York City this fall. 

Bed Bath & Beyond had occupied the 92,000-square-foot space for the better part of three decades, renewing its lease in 2020 while shrinking slightly, CO reported at the time. 

However, the company laid off 51 people from the Chelsea store in April, after announcing plans to shutter and liquidate its 360 stores and 120 Buy Buy Baby locations. The Chelsea location closed earlier this year.

T.J.Maxx and Marshalls occupy the retail portion of the landmarked Ladies’ Mile property between West 18th and West 19th streets. Cost Plus World Market, which is owned by Bed Bath & Beyond, shuttered its store in the building during the pandemic. 

Update: This article has been corrected to reflect the fact that deal with Spirit Halloween has fallen through. It had previously been clarified to say that this was a sublease with Bed Bath & Beyond, not a direct lease.

Rebecca Baird-Remba can be reached at rbairdremba@commercialobserver.com.