From “LOW LOW PRICES” to upcale living.
Stock up on 59-cent cans of Georgia hash while you still can. The Tribeca Trib reports that cut-rate retailer Ralph’s Discount City is going condo.
Plans now pending before the Landmarks Preservation Commission call for the demolition of half of Ralph’s and construction of a multi-level stone condo building with ground-level storefronts. The other half will get spruced up for future residents and new business tenants.
That proposal also indicates a new owner at 91-95 Chambers Street, though a broker involved with the sale says the deal is merely “under hard contract.” Interesting. Can anyone submit plans to tear down a building they don’t yet own?
Present owner Ralph Mizrahi wouldn’t talk to the Trib. (Nor The Observer.) But his customers are more forthcoming:
This reporter will personally miss Ralph’s reasonable rates on Pilot gel pens. Just $3.19 for a two-pack! (Thirty cents less than the ubiquitous pharmacy charges.)
- Chris Shott