Permanent Records Closing Greenpoint Location After Losing Lease

By Serena Dai on August 12, 2014 2:53pm 

 Permanent Records, 181 Franklin St., is closing its Greenpoint store.
Permanent Records, 181 Franklin St., is closing its Greenpoint store.
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GREENPOINT — Nothing is permanent.

Permanent Records, which has frequently been named one of the city's best music stores, is being forced to close its Greepoint shop at the end of September after losing its lease, the store said in an announcement.

The record and used CD shop, which opened at 181 Franklin St. in 2007, had been doing well, but the building's owner wanted to do something else with the space, owner Marjorie Eisenberg announced in a Facebook post Tuesday.

No other affordable Greenpoint storefronts were available, she said. She's now in the process of signing a deal to open in another storefront in Brooklyn, she told DNAinfo New York.

"I did do my due diligence in the neighborhod and tried to find something local. Rents were double and triple what I pay now," Eisenberg said, adding that stores with 700 to 800 square feet in the area sometimes cost $5,500 a month. "That is completely outlandish and crazy."

Eisenberg opened Permanent Records in 2003 in Northport Village, Long Island, before moving to Greenpoint.

In addition to moving locations, the shop's new, future Brookyn location will come with a different business style, too, though Eisenberg said she couldn't reveal the details yet.

"We still love talking about music with you," she wrote in her Facebook post. "We THANK YOU for all your support over the last 11 years."

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