MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — Manhattan's oldest record store, Times Square's Record Mart, is closing due to the economic toll of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to reports.
Record Mart, located in the mezzanine level of the Times Square subway station, won't reopen after closing in March due to social distancing measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus in New York City, Untapped Cities first reported. Store owner Lou Moskowitz posted a letter in the store's window thanking customers for their decades of support.
"We are deeply saddened to say that due to the pandemic, Record Mart will not be able to reopen. On behalf of all of us at Record Mart, we want to thank you for your support through the years," the letter reads, according to Untapped Cities.
Record Mart was founded in 1958 by Jesse Moskowitz and Bob Stack. Going forward, the business will operate as an online marketplace for vintage audio equipment, according to Moskowitz's letter. Customers who were waiting on special orders from Record Mart should reach out to the business, owners wrote.
New York City entered "Phase One" of its economic recovery from the new coronavirus this week, which allows construction sites and retail businesses to reopen. Retail activity is limited to curbside pickup, or in-story pickup where the curbside is not accessible.