Is it the end for Barney's Co-op in Chelsea? The New York Post and Racked are reporting on rumors that once this season's warehouse sale is over, the branch will not re-open to resume its normal activity as it has in season's past. Of course these speculations have been followed by trails of comments on Racked from those who claim to have known this for months, but rumors about Barneys have been unreliable in general in recent years, including some which emphatically insisting that the Warehouse Sale was being phased out, or that there were imminent plans for a new, full line Barneys store in the Meatpacking District.
What happens to the Chelsea Co-op remains to be seen. If our memory serves, it was the first location opened when Barneys decided to expand the Co-op brand from its denim and contemporary departments to its own offshoot chain. At the time, it was heralded as a return to Chelsea for the retailer which only a few years earlier was forced to close its original flagship store about a block away at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Seventeenth Street. Since then, it may have been eclipsed by a busier women's only units in SoHo, and an expansive two-level version in Cobble Hill, but it has always seemed to serve its sophisticated Chelsea and West Village clients well despite having to shut down for weeks at a time to host the Warehouse sale.
Barney's current management has not shown themselves to be particularly sentimental about the store's past, so it is not entirely unbelievable that the store might be shuttered, but that would leave a few questions such as: Would it be moved to a newer, more favorable location like the nearby Meatpacking District? What would happen to the Warehouse Sale? Would it move to a better location with more room, and would it still have such a conveniently accessible rest room?
The Warehouse Sale typically happens about a month from now —in fact, an announcement should be coming any day now. As for the fate of the Chelsea store, Barneys management isn't commenting. Make of that what you will.A thread thrashin’ (NYPost second item via Racked)