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Triangle Sporting Goods Up For Sale

This sadly seemed inevitable: After 96 years occupying the prime corner of Fifth Avenue, Flatbush Avenue, and Dean Street, Triangle Sporting Goods has put itself, and the building it calls home, up for sale.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the owners of the oddly-shaped store have been feeling "pressure from big-box stores and the weak economy," and hope to find "a store or restaurant itching to be close to the multiuse sports, retail and residential project rising across the street."

That project is obviously the Barclays Center, which is nearing completion and will certainly be a major force of change in the surrounding area within the coming months.

"It's getting harder and harder for a smaller, independent retailer to survive," owner Henry Rosa, who's worked there for over 40 years, told the paper. "It's just fitting that we end it at this point. It's a little tough, but I think it's the best thing to do at this time," he added.

There were rumors floating around a couple months ago that the building had been bought by McDonald's, but the folks at Triangle, which opened after World War I as an Army surplus store, denied them.

No closing date has been set yet, and the building still hasn't been sold. Time and progress marches on, but we can still hope that the building's next occupant, whoever that may be, keeps some of the historical details intact, and makes an effort to remember the little store that called it home for nearly a hundred years.

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Reader Comments (8)

Aw, love that place! And, you can get a fishing license there! I sure hope whoever buys the building keeps the historicness (is that a word? LOL) of it

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

Yeah, I would suggest taking as many pictures as possible of this unique place before we start even hearing of it going under. You're likely not to see anything like it for a very long time.

Sad to see, but even its existence at this point in time is something to be applauded.

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkPlace

A real loss of the community. Great store and helpful staff.

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSloper

There's goes the neighborhood, courtesy of Bruce Ratner.

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric McClure

its ok people.....its going to be a white castle!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterveganbrooklyn

Eric -
Read what the owner said. He blames big-box stores and the economy, not the arena. If anything, the arena should have been a plus for him. Too bad he couldn't hold out.

You should stick to what you know best - bike lanes.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSloper

Um, big-box stores like Modell's, perhaps? Brought to us courtesy of Bruce C. Ratner.

Read the source article in The Journal:

"The retail landscape has been altered throughout the past decade as national chains such as Target and Applebee's have moved into the Atlantic Center mall...

"'This trend is going to accelerate in a monumental way as we get closer to the arena opening,' said Timothy King, managing partner with CPEX Real Estate."

February 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric McClure

I blame Jay-Z. And, I'm only half joking. Jay-Z should be ashamed of the part he played in helping destroy this part of Brooklyn.

February 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPork Slop

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