Retail stalwart J&R Music and Computer World closes Manhattan store

j&r music electronics store closed
The storefront for longtime retailer J&R Music and Computer World in lower Manhattan was closed by Thursday.
Credit: J&R/Flickr

After 43 years of business, one of premiere New York City’s music and electronics stores has shuttered its storefront’s doors.

The New York Daily News reported late Wednesday that Downtown Manhattan’s J&R Music and Computer World handed its store’s employees pink slips.

The store opened its first space in 1971 when Joe and Rachelle Friedman opened their first 500-square-foot record store at 33 Park Row across from City Hall Park.

The Brooklyn couple since grew to take over almost an entire city block and 300,000 square feet of floor space, while also successfully pushing products through catalogs and their online store — both of which will remain open.

In a letter posted on the retailer’s website, the Friedmans wrote that they see the closure as a part of an “evolution,” and that they hope to reopen after an undisclosed amount of time.

“In order to facilitate this exciting new initiative, the buildings that J&R occupies will have to be totally remained and redeveloped,” they wrote, thanking their staff and customers for their patience during the “transition period.”

An illustration on the same letter has an image of the storefront with the year 2015, but a spokesman for the store told the New York Times that neither a design nor date have been set.

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