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RackedWire: Bye B&N, D'ag Carpeting, More

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CHELSEA—We've got an update on the sad state of Chelsea's Barnes & Noble. Per a tipster: "The Barnes & Noble on Sixth Ave and 21st Street is officially closing March 31st (boo hoo!). The cashier I talked to said the lease was up and the landlord wanted a huge increase.They offered severance to those who didn't want to relocate. She didn't know what was coming in the space next." Racked readers have been leaving their suggestions on the soon-to-be-vacated space, but does anyone really know what's going to rise in its place? [Racked Inbox]

WEST VILLAGE—Great news! An informant sends word that: "Carpeting has been put in at the D'AGs Grocery Store on Bethune and Greenwich Streets! How much do you think they are going to raise the prices now?!" Good question. We also wonder how this affects traction while pushing one's shopping cart full of overpriced produce. [Racked Inbox]

NOLITA—How about we round out this edition of 'Wire with a good old reader rant? From the inbox: "I just want to send a notice to readers that SoHo Cleaners at the corner of Houston and Bowery is the worst. I sent a one-of-a-kind beaded dress to be dry-cleaned there. They had cleaned it several times before, so I didn't think twice about handing it over. After picking it up, I discovered that the dress was melted and burned. They totally overheated during the cleaning process and just melted all the beading, which bled all over the dress. I contacted them and went back there to discuss the matter numerous times, but a manager was never present. I waited three weeks and got no call from the manager. Ultimately, they refused to refund the cleaning process and said they forfeit responsibility when cleaning delicate dresses." One word: Avoid. [Racked Inbox]