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One of City's Few Remaining Video Stores Moves to New Home After 25 Years

By Mathew Katz | July 14, 2014 11:39am | Updated on July 18, 2014 5:01pm
 D.J. the cat lounges among shelves of DVDs at Alan's Alley Video.
D.J. the cat lounges among shelves of DVDs at Alan's Alley Video.
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CHELSEA — After being kicked out of its home of nearly 25 years, one of Chelsea's last video stores will reopen in a new spot a few blocks away, the owner announced.

Alan's Alley Video will move to 164 W. 25th St., Suite 5D, after shutting down its longtime home at 207 Ninth Ave. last week, owner Alan Sklar wrote on Facebook.

"Alan's Alley has happily risen from the ashes. A fortuitous turn of events has given us a new lease on life!" Sklar wrote, as first reported by NY1.

Sklar was forced to close the video store on July 7, after his landlord found a tenant that could pay more rent, he said. The shop first opened in 1988 and has a huge collection of VHS and DVD films, serving both a local clientele base and the producers of television shows looking for hard-to-find clips.

The shop's well-known cat, D.J., will make the move to the new location, Sklar said on Facebook.

The new Alan's Alley will open by the weekend of July 26, Sklar wrote.

Dozens of fans of the shop rejoiced on Facebook, happy to hear that they'd soon be able to rent from the store's massive library of videos.

"Hooray!" wrote Jan Albert. "So happy and excited!! So close to my house!!"

Sklar could not immediately be reached for further details.