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UWS Teens Clothing Store Berkley Girl to Close Next Month

By Emily Frost | May 3, 2013 7:21am
  Longtime local shop Berkley Girl is closing in June, with a variety of offers lining up for the space.
Berkley Girl Closing, With Predictions of a Bakery in its Place
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UPPER WEST SIDE — Longtime neighborhood teen girls clothing shop Berkley Girl will close in June, its owner said.

"I’m just closing because I have four young girls and it’s just a lot right now," said Jennifer Bruder, who has owned the store for 11 years. "It’s a very hard decision, but I have to make it, so I did."

The store, located on Columbus Avenue at West 80th Street, focused on accessories, gift, and hip clothing for teens and tween girls, and was named after the family's Golden Retriever Berkley. 

Bruder said she had no plans for opening Berkley Girl elsewhere, but that one day she might open a store again in the neighborhood, where she and her family live.

"It’s been a wonderful experience having a store in the neighborhood," she said. 

Douglas Elliman Retail Group's Faith Hope Consolo, along with Joseph Aquino, are marketing the 600-square-foot space. Consolo said Bruder's lease was up and that they have received many offers on the space already. 

"We’re reviving this block," said Consolo, referencing her team's recent work in bringing upscale jeweler Alexis Bittar to the block.

Consolo added that the space be leased with residents, whom she called "big foodies," in mind.

"It seems that the area screams for a great bakery now," said Consolo, adding that locals have currently to go to Fairway on Broadway and West 74th Street to buy a cake. 

A high end optical store, a shoe store, and an accessories store are also options, she added. 

Bruder said the store would offer sales through the end of June.