After seven years in business, the Cookie’s kids department store at Fordham Road and Webster Avenue will close its doors on June 10th. Kinda surprised me; hence, this post.
The 70,000 square-foot building will live on as a Burlington Coat Factory (slated for opening this fall). Unfortunately for Cookie’s 124 employees, all face layoffs – a tough pill to swallow given The Bronx’s high poverty (28.5% according to 2013 Census data; now higher) and unemployment rates (12.5% according to February 2013 data).
As an aside, here’s a very brief history of what existed before Cookie’s opened its doors in 2006. A very old building known as the “Fordham Arcade” once stood there; searches on said Arcade’s function turned up little info (but see this old Norwood News article for a photo). That I never saw it open isn’t a surprise, given that the building apparently sat abandoned for decades before finally meeting its end.