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ICYMI: Off-Beat Business

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

You’ve see the headlines, read the front pages and checked out the business section. But In Case You Missed It, here’re a few, under-the-radar business stories you might have overlooked.

Restaurant Supply Shop Bucks Trend
Bari Equipment and Restaurant Supply, one of the few such stores left on the Bowery, said it received a $6.25 million offer for its space at 240 Bowery — but it's not going anywhere, according to the New York Observer. Its competitors have been moving to Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey, a trend that hurts Bari since it's located in the former heart of restaurant supply row.

Air Conditioner Shortage
Some city stores running short on air conditioners as New Yorkers prepare for yet another heatwave, according to DNAinfo  Target, Best Buy and P.C. Richard stores across the city have been struggling to keep up with demand. The Target at Atlantic Center sold out of air conditioners entirely and doesn't expect to receive anymore for the rest of the summer, the store's manager told DNAinfo.

Ice Cream Stores Limit Samples
New Yorkers getting their fill of ice cream by hogging samples at ice cream shops on the Lower East Side are getting push-back from store owners, DNAinfo reports. Crowded summer conditions at these stores are being eased by a strict two-sample maximum at some stores. But that may not be enough for stores serving gourmet flavors like pink pepper and tarragon.

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