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Patagonia Clothing Store Moving in to Former CBGB Gallery Space

By Serena Solomon | August 3, 2012 1:49pm

NEW YORK — Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia has signed two ten-year lease deals to pick up 15,000 square feet of retail space on the Bowery and in the Meatpacking District, including the former CBGB Gallery space, according to the Commercial Observer.

The chain, which already has as store in SoHo and on the Upper West Side, will double its store space in the city with the new deal, the paper said.

Patagonia will be filling 8,100 square feet two level space that was once the location of CBGB Gallery, which showcased art and bands playing acoustic music.  It sets next door next door to the famed and now-shuttered club where bands such as the Ramones, the Patti Smith Group and the Fleshtones once played.

"Patagonia loves historic space," said Matt Krell, a leasing executive at CBRE who represented Patagonia, according to the Observer. "313 was just the perfect location. In the basement there are still the bathrooms from CBGB’s time that are scrawled with all the writing from club-goers over the years."

In the Meatpacking District the clothing and equipment store has snatched 414 W. 14th St., a 7,000 square foot space, the Observer reported.

"It [the Meatpacking District] had taken criticism for being a neighborhood crammed with luxury tenants, but it kind of readjusted and now you’re seeing more mainstream tenants come in and Patagonia is part of that," Krell told the Observer.