J&R closes iconic electronics store for Park Row redevelopment

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J&R Music World will close after 43 years in business. (Google Maps)

NEW YORK (PIX11) — The iconic consumer electronics retailer J&R Music and Computer World is closing shop after 43 years in business.

The lower Manhattan location closed permanently on Wednesday after years of struggling in a difficult environment for retail consumers.

A statement on J&R’s website from owners Joe and Rachelle Friedman say they’re looking to rebuild the location into what they hope will be an “unprecedented retailing concept and social mecca.”

The owners thanked their customers, staff and vendors for helping to make J&R into the legendary iconic store that it was.

J&R’s owners have revealed plans to reopen as J&R Express, a 1,500 square foot boutique inside the Century 21 department store, which sits across from the World Trade Center.

Customers can still shop online at www.JR.com.

J&R has been a fixture in lower Manhattan and was one of the first stores to reopen after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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