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Longstanding record store Bleecker Bob's has had a rough past year. In early 2012, the Times reported that, after decades in business, the shop might turn into a Starbucks. Fortunately, the Starbucks rumor turned out to be false, but Bob's will indeed have to close sometime this year. Unless, however, it decides to share a space with the frozen-yogurt chain that's planning to move in this summer.
DNAinfo writes that the national fro-yo yogurt chain moving into Bob's storefront has offered it some counter space. Forever Yogurt's CEO Mandy Calara explained: "We're talking with them about a counter with their inventory. And we're decorating the place so it carries on the design of Bleecker Bob's." Which to be honest, sounds pretty weird.
Chris Wiedener, Bleecker Bob's manager, confirmed that he's "considering the two-in-one-idea," but that the concept is "geared primarily toward desserts—not music." He adds, "It would be more [like] a yogurt-slash-coffee shop with a small space for music. In theory, it might be fine."
DNAinfo adds that Forever Yogurt is also looking to open in Midtown, the Upper East Side, and Brooklyn. Unfortunately for them, Sound Fix's Williamsburg store that's shuttering next month has already been snatched up.
· Bleecker Bob's Could Keep Record Counter Inside Fro-Yo Shop [DNAinfo]
· Bleecker Bob's Will Be Closing Sometime After the New Year [Racked NY]
· Classic Record Store Bleecker Bob's Might Become a Starbucks [Racked NY]