Montague Street Radio Shack Tuning Out By End Of August

The long-lived Radio Shack at 110 Montague Street is vacating the premises by the end of August, a store manager tells BHB, for the reason one might expect… a marked hike in monthly rent. The RS staffer told us that sales in the neighborhood don’t merit the increase, so the franchise has decided to say so long to the Heights.

The space is being leased by Douglas Elliman, whose listing says the 1,425sf space is available for $15,500 a month. More:

“Prime Retail Space For Lease in Brooklyn Heights. Over 1,400sf plus some basement storage and possible access to 1,000sf south garden. No stairs to this street level walk-in space. Heavy street traffic especially during the workday from nearby courts and office buildilngs. Eight subway lines nearby, easy walk to DUMBO, Fulton Mall, the Brooklyn Bridge Park. No Food. Available October 1, 2013.

Two other Radio Shacks are within walking distance: 118 Court Street between State Street and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights; and 457 Fulton Street, just across Court in Downtown’s Fulton Mall. (Photos: CT)

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  • Jorale-man

    I wonder how much the empty Starbucks played a factor in this? Did the Radio Shack landlord get the idea that they too could be home to an empty storefront? Sadly, if a chain store can’t afford the rent, a local business probably couldn’t either.

  • Eric

    No wonder they are going bust – they only sell mobile phones and other generally-available stuff. In the last three years, I’ve tried about 8 different times to buy something at that store, only to be told that they don’t have it in stock and that I have to go to the Court Street location.

  • Eddyde
  • Heights Observer

    Heaven knows what will open up there. I don’t imagine it will be anything useful to the neighborhood. Montague St. is in a state of rigor mortis.

  • stuart

    stores come and go. nothing wrong with that. That would be a nice spot for a butcher.

  • Claude Scales

    Do you think a butcher could pay $15.5K a month rent?

  • Andrew Porter

    Only if they sell Kobe Beef…

  • David on Middagh

    …or Kobe Bryant…

  • Hicks St Guy

    What with the CitiBike coming, a bike shop would be great.

  • Brixtony

    I’m not surprised. I always go to the Court St store – better stock and much more helpful, Knowledgeable staff.

  • Fritz

    I remember when this was China Chilli.

  • Claude Scales
  • Claude Scales

    I miss China Chili. Unfortunately, given the landlord’s rent demand, we’re unlikely to see anything like it.

  • Eddyde

    A bike shop would be great but I doubt it could make a $15.5K nut every month.

  • nystrele

    hilarious… and not out of the realm of TRUTH!