WILLIAMSBURG — The vintage furniture and home furnishings store Ugly Luggage is closing after more than two decades, the building's landlord said.
The Williamsburg purveyor of globes, typewriters and wood furniture, located at 214 Bedford Ave., was established in 1993 and will close soon, according to staff. The owner did not respond to a request for comment.
But one of the building's owners, Rama Mukhopadhyay, confirmed that Ugly Luggage would be leaving the space on the busy commercial corridor.
Already two people have approached her about opening a new business there — one a restaurant, the other a car service, she said.
Though the tale of sudden rent spikes killing small businesses is common in Williamsburg, the landlord insisted that the business's closing had nothing to do with that.
The landlord said rent on the commercial space went up by less than $3,000, though she would not say what percentage that represented.
She also refused to clarify whether it was for monthly or yearly rent on the small Bedford Avenue space.
"It's very little based on the neighborhood," Mukhopadhyay said. "That's not why he's moving out. He's leaving. He wants to take it easy."