J&R shutters longtime store in Lower Manhattan

Owners seeking retail partners to redevelop site

J&R Music and Computer World at 1 Park Row
J&R Music and Computer World at 1 Park Row

Lower Manhattan electronics store J&R Music and Computer World is closing after 43 years in business.

Wednesday was the last day for the 1 Park Row store, and employees were handed pink slips that day, the New York Daily News reported. Owners Joe and Rachelle Friedman will now seek retail partners to redevelop the site.

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“On April 10th, J&R will close its doors so that we can rebuild this location into what we hope will be an unprecedented retailing concept and social mecca,” the Friedmans said in a letter made public late Wednesday.

Long a fixture on the Lower Manhattan retail scene, the store was the first in the area to reopen after the Sept. 11 attacks. [NYDN]Julie Strickland