‘Nolita Chemists’ Pharmacy Done in by Massive Rent Hike After 30 Years
Little Italy is losing more of its local character with the imminent departure of a long-running mom-and-pop pharmacy.
Nolita Chemists is two weeks from demise, we’re told, with a lease renewal that apparently went south. The management company for the federally subsidized complex reportedly doubled the monthly rent on the store from $8,000 to $16,000.
Thus concludes thirty-six years of a pharmacy running at 208 Mott Street (at Spring), with Nolita Chemists having served the community for the majority of that time.
Nolita Chemists has been in business here for thirty years. The space occupies the ground floor of the Little Italy Restoration Apartments, a 152-unit affordable housing development erected by the federal government (i.e. HUD) in 1981. Locals decry the loss of this commercial lifeblood in an area now dominated by luxury boutiques and experiential bullshit.
“Old-timers have been up in arms about the loss to the neighborhood and it’s been a big topic of conversation at Parisi Bakery,” one neighborhood native tells us.
Another says, “the community depends on the vital services this store provides – the pharmacist who has personal knowledge of the community members, and the same for the caring staff!”
Nolita Chemists’ last day in business is May 22.