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.