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Say goodbye to the Gourmet Garage on 96th Street. West Side Rag reports that the store is due to close "perhaps as soon as this month." According to three sources—one of which is an employee—the lease was up and the landlord wanted to hike up the rent. Word is that the chain has been worried about competition from the upcoming Westside Market on Broadway and 97th Street. [West Side Rag]