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CENTRAL VILLAGE—We've always had a soft spot for the Blockbuster Video on Broadway at Wanamaker Place because of their innovative response to the threat of Netflix. Faced with the slow dwindling of their business, they got a slushie machine. Sadly, even the promise of frozen Coke drinks wasn't enough to save the location, which is now closing down. Nearly everything in the store is currently for sale, including the fixtures, but you can't buy the slushie generator—that's going to their 96th Street store, where we're sure it'll have a long and happy life. [RackedWire]
UPPER WEST SIDE—OK, so it's no Apple Store opening, but Broadway in the Upper 60s is about to see another big launch for Black Friday. Furniture store Raymour & Flanigan will begin welcoming customers to their new 30,000-square-foot showroom at the corner of Broadway and 66th at 10am on Friday. The space is a bit of a retail graveyard, having witnessed the demise of both Tower Records and Circuit City, but Raymour & Flanagan has two other Manhattan-area stores, so we presume they know what they're doing. [RackedWire]