The store — which specializes in discontinued gaming systems like Odyssey, Coleco, Atari and NES — is starting a new life at 86 East Third Street, near First Avenue.
“We were forced to leave the building,” explained Fred Tangredi, a store manager. He cited building code violations but declined to go into specifics.
There’s been a lot of changeover at 35-37 St. Marks Place. Verizon Wireless recently took over the former home of Cohen’s Fashion Optical on the building’s Second Avenue side, and next year DF Mavens, an East Coast ice cream chain, will open in the corner space that briefly belonged to Eastside Bakery.
It’s unclear what’s happening with the vacant storefronts that belonged to Baoguette and Timi’s Gelateria; the broker, Winick Realty Group, hasn’t returned our call. A listing for the storefronts advertises a “hot East Village retail opportunity located on bustling St. Marks Place.”
Meanwhile, the video-game cartridges at 8 Bit’s suitably scrappy new location, where the floors are still unfinished, have been arranged chronologically so customers can easily “revisit their childhood,” according to Tangredi. The new spot is about the same size as the old one, but is a couple of steps below street level.
“You have to support us,” Tangredi said. “We can’t be around if you don’t come here.”