The Post reports that the real estate company Vornado plans to shut down about 17 businesses as it revamps the LIRR corridor between Seventh and Eighth avenues, including Magnolia Bakery, two Starbucks, a Pret, and a Godiva. They’ll be gone for at least a couple of years, and the closures will start in April.
It’s not a total surprise: Tons of other businesses, including beloved bar Tracks, have already closed as part of the station’s $1.6 billion overhaul. The idea is to brighten the station and make it generally less hell-like for commuters. See some renderings of part of the renovation here.
Vornado will be in charge of picking new businesses once the station gets swankified, with one portion slated for completion at the end of 2020 and the LIRR updates slated for 2022. Eater has reached out to the company for more info.
In the meantime, no more pre-commute burgers, banana puddings, or Frappucinos to ease the pains of travel woes. But just upstairs, Krispy Kreme, Auntie Anne’s, Dunkin, and others will still live on.