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Famed record store Bleecker Bob's closes after 4 decades

NEW YORK - JUNE 26:  A Michael Jackson album sits on a stack of records inside A-1 Records on June 26, 2009 in New York, New York. Michael Jackson, a musical pop icon, died yesterday in Los Angeles, California. Record stores across the country have been wittnessing a surge in sales of Jackson records.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A record store that has been a Greenwich Village mainstay for 46 years and was once featured on an episode of "Seinfeld" closed its doors on Saturday, to be replaced by a frozen yogurt chain.

Bleecker Bob's Golden Oldies, named after owner Robert Plotnick, is reportedly being pushed out by its landlord due to financial woes. The ideally situated 2,000-square-foot space on W. 3rd St. has been sold to the Chicago-based chain store Forever Yogurt.

JK Kitzer, Bleecker Bob's girlfriend, has managed the store for the last twelve years, since Bob was paralyzed in a stroke. She told DNAinfo.com that Bob doesn't yet know that his beloved store is gone.

“I’ve been kind of breaking down this week asking friends if I should tell him — 50 percent say yes, 50 percent say no,” Kitzer said.

 
 
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