Starbucks Will Open in Original Bleecker Street Records Location

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A little bit punk and a little bit frappuccino. Photo: photo, Robert K. Chin

A recent real-estate industry notice indicates the lease on the 1,500-square-foot space was signed earlier this month, and the storefront at 239 Bleecker Street that was home to Bleecker Street Records will next become a Starbucks. The vinyl store thrived for more than two decades in its West Village home, but was forced to move to 188 West 4th Street after the landlord reportedly increased the rent to $27,000. (Nearby Bleecker Bob's, a favorite of Joey Ramone's, was not as lucky this time last year, when it closed forever to make way for an incoming frozen-yogurt store.) A spokesperson for the coffee chain, which now has more than 280 locations in the city, confirms 239 Bleecker will open this summer. [Real Deal]