St. Jude’s is closing its shop at 1807 E. Passyunk Ave., less than a year after we speculated in July that the sale of the building could mean the beginning of the end for the longtime Catholic gear store.
A sign in the window says the store is relocating, listing a Havertown address, but that’s actually another store they already have. Their online business is also apparently quite robust.
Like we said in July, we could see this coming. The DiCicco family that owns the store sold the building in May 2012 for $875,000. Louis DiCicco rushed us off the phone when we caught up with him to ask whether the store was closing. “We’re still there and selling, and that’s all you need to know,” he said at the time.
We’ve left a message with the listing agent for the new owner to see if a tenant has been lined up and we’ll update you when we hear anything else.
Meanwhile, though we never like to see a business close, this particular shuttering presents quite an opportunity for East Passyunk. The retail space here is one of the biggest on the avenue, at least 3,000 square feet. And that means something really good could come in its place. So, let the wishful thinking begin. What should replace St. Jude’s?