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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Interior Concepts is closing at 1701 E. Passyunk Ave.

UPDATE: It looks like the building has been sold for about $2.3 million.


The large corner building housing Interior Concepts could soon be empty.


According to signs posted in the windows at 1701 E. Passyunk Ave., they’re going out of business.

Previously the building had been listed on the market for $2.9 million, with the real estate listing suggesting the demolition of the current structure to make way for a taller mixed-use building. But the listing was then removed without a sale, possibly because the asking price was a bit steep. Earlier this year, the three building package next to Interior Concepts sold for $765,000.


We’ll update you as soon as we know more.

What would you like to see happen to this building at 12th and Passyunk?

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36 Responses to Interior Concepts is closing at 1701 E. Passyunk Ave.

  1. Lou_100x November 12, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    Wegman’s! Or is the location of the new Chiarrela’s?

    P.S. Can’t to get all new furniture!

    • Joanne Gotto November 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

      It would be a good location for a neighborhood food co-op.

  2. bjguzzi November 12, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    brewery…brewery…..brewery!!…for the love of God, with a tasting room – no brewpub.

    • Brian M November 12, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

      What’s wrong with brewpubs? There’s hardly any in Philly.

  3. DJ Joey FM November 12, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    This has the potential to be the biggest vape store on the ave!

    • Adam Z November 12, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

      Between the vape stores nearby and the sneaker store apparently we’re going for South Street Junior

  4. Kschwa November 12, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Lmao DJ Joey

  5. Kschwa November 12, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    IC added a needed diversity from the food drink and clothing growing on pyunk currently imo, though realistically I never went there, nor anyone I know. Sad.

    • Lou_100x November 12, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

      IC didn’t provide anything. It was a left-over from 1985. Unless you wanted a purple mirrored doberman.

  6. Gringo November 12, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    Wegmans won’t fit, but a Trader Joes would.

    • JB November 12, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

      Trader Joe’s wouldn’t buy without an adjoining parking lot

      • Passyunk Easter November 12, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

        Is this parking lot necessity part of Trader Joe’s corporate bylaws or something? I’m sure there are plenty of people in the area who would walk there.

        The South Philly co-op makes a lot of sense…but for nearly $3 million? Eek.

        I prefer another classy bar or restaurant (the brewery idea is good too) to make that intersection even more prime.

        Also…I’m not sure how I feel about it, but a large sports bar would make a killing there.

  7. Joey DeVeetz November 12, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    Wow! Linchpin parcel on East Passyunk! keep us posted on this….Hopefully Sam Sherman can help influence private development on this site before he steps down.

  8. JB November 12, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    If you have any information about a realtor or buyer for this building, could you please let me know? I live right next to it (shared wall) and I expect I will need to talk to any buyer about any demolition that would happen. Thank you!

    • Lee November 12, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

      Zoning Committee 🙂

    • Lou_100x November 13, 2015 at 9:09 am #

      A shared wall does not provide you with any title rights to the building. You can ASK to speak with someone….

      • JB November 13, 2015 at 9:18 am #

        I didn’t say I owned the wall. I said I would like to know what kind of demo would be happening since we SHARE the wall – especially when the wall is already in bad shape and the current owner didn’t want to do anything to fix it.

  9. 1914seven November 12, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    South Philly Food Coop – where you at on this space?!

    • Lou_100x November 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

      ^^^ding, ding, ding!!! We have a winner.

      There is no reason this should not be the answer.

      • toynbee November 13, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

        I can think of roughly 3 million reasons why this won’t happen.

        • Brian M. November 13, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

          Maybe they can lease instead of buy.

          • toynbee November 14, 2015 at 12:03 am #

            …which doesn’t save money. The owner they would be leasing from would have paid $3 million and would charge rent based on that price.

  10. Joe S. November 12, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    While I am all for a brewery or a grocery store, I propose another, more practical idea, how about a school? With all of the parents with kids in the EPX area, having a new facility with state of the art equipment to serve as an elementary school would be most welcome and might even keep the tax base from moving to the ‘burbs!

    • B.R. November 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

      There are already two great Elementary schools in the neighborhood, Jackson and Southwark! There are fantastic things happening at these schools, and I would encourage you to contact Friends of Jackson and Friends of Southwark to learn more.

    • Lou_100x November 12, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

      umm…. yeah, a school on the main commercial strip. Makes complete sense. Who needs property taxes…..

    • Philly Ray November 12, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

      That intersection is crazy enough as it is. Imagine what it would be like during drop-off/pick-up time.

      Did you imagine it? Do you still think a school would be a good fit?

  11. Smmmhhhh November 12, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    A Dibrunos or Eataly

    • Philly Ray November 13, 2015 at 11:35 am #

      Have you been to Mancuso’s?

  12. cemego November 13, 2015 at 3:15 pm #


  13. toynbee November 13, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    “King of Hipsters”. Imagine the classic sign updated with skinny jeans, 70s t-shirts, ironic tattoos and a man bun. BYOPBR. Lots of room for fixie parking up front.

  14. Adam November 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    The correct realistic answer is a multi-use lowrise with retail of some sort on the first floor and residential above, similar to what’s happening at former King of Jeans site.

    • toynbee November 14, 2015 at 12:05 am #

      Realism is no fun. We want a multi-story Wegman’s with parking above and a Trader Joe’s in the elevator.

  15. spf5000 November 14, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

    “Store Closing” signs are a familiar sight at Interior Concepts. Are the owners actually seeking a new tenant?

  16. Ian November 16, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    Attention Nodding Head, come in Nodding Head…

    • Lou_100X November 17, 2015 at 8:10 am #

      @Ian, that would be fabulous. Nodding Head, can you hear this?!!

      BTW, yes the store is closing. Owner has confirmed on the FB page.

  17. SD November 23, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    Trader Joe’s!!!!!

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