Penn Station’s food hall, The Pennsy, and neighboring Kmart are closing
Photo via The Pennsy
The retail landscape around Penn Station is set for some changes. The Pennsy Food Hall right above the station will be closing its doors for good on March 31, Commercial Observer reports. The 8,000-square-foot food hall opened at Vornado Realty Trust’s 2 Penn Plaza four years ago with a mix of vendors and late-night hours to draw in delayed commuters as well as pre-concert and post-game crowds. The closure is hitting vegan eatery Cinnamon Snail especially hard—the company has confirmed it will be shutting down all operations after The Pennsy shutters. The news came on the same day that the Kmart across the street announced it would close after 24 years at One Penn Plaza.
The Pennsy’s impending closure comes as Vornado redevelops the area around the complex, including work on Two Penn, which will be rebranded as Penn 2, as Commercial Observer reported. Work involves replacing the curtain wall and expanding its base with a 45-foot addition above street level, making way for roughly 140,000 square feet of creative office space.
And Kmart’s last day will be May 4, according to the New York Post. The news isn’t very surprising as the big-box chain has already closed 2,323 of its US stores in recent years. Only three Kmart locations will remain in NYC after the Penn Station location closes.