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Outdoors Moving to East Hampton

Retail store will set up at 30 Park Place by the end of February.

Nine months after starting a petition to show the landlords how much customers wanted the Outdoors store to stay in its Amagansett location, the store is readying for a move to East Hampton.

Barry Adelman, who took over the retail clothing, sporting goods and accessories store 15 years ago, said he's excited for the change. He signed a lease for 30 Park Place, a two-story building behind Main Street, off the Reutershan's parking lot, where the Gubbin's stores and John Papas Cafe are also located. Outdoors will relocate there by the end of February.

Adelman said last week that he was looking forward to finally vacating the space at 171 Main St. in Amagansett. "I'm happy to be out of there," he said last week. The family that owns the building did not renew the lease, which ran out at the end of April. Adelman collected over 400 signatures on a petition to keep the store in its location through the summer. During an eviction process, the two sides reached an agreement, in which the rent was paid upfront through the end of February so that Outdoors could remain there. There is still pending legal action, according to Adelman.

The new location, most recently occupied by The Retreat Boutique Too, will afford Outdoors a better opportunity, Adelman said. "I think there will be a lot more people there, more people shopping," he said, adding that because he thinks there will be more shoppers after 6 p.m. in East Hampton, he expects to do 25 percent more business there.

Mary Croghan, an owner of East Hampton Business Service, located at 20 Park Place, said it's always good when a new store enters the mix so that shoppers stay local, particularly for children's clothes. "I think it's a popular store, a lot of local people go there. It's certainly more convenient to have it in East Hampton. Good luck to them," she said.

Khanh Ngo felt differently. He's the owner of Khanh Sports and EH Eyewear, a sunglass, surf, skate, and sports shop located at 60 Park Place. "Why do we need the same things?" he said. His store offers more surf-inspired items, while also selling big ticket items, like the ElliptiGo bike. He's confident that his store will continue to stand out. "We need stores that sells different items, it makes the town more unique."

The Retreat's thrift store opened a second location there in May, and closed on New Year's Eve. "The landlord for that space was extremely generous with us and we are very grateful for all of his support," said Jeffrey Friedman, the executive director of The Retreat. Proceeds help victims of domestic violence. "We are very sad to be leaving, as the community has been very supportive. We are actively look for space for a future store."

Adelman said that in his new lease, he has an option for 10 years, and that his rent is "very similar" to what he was paying in Amagansett — $10,000 per month.

The amount of total retail space is about the same in the new location — however there is less storage space, he said. He said he doesn't have to do much construction, except for building a checkout counter. He plans to replace the front windows, which are a bit small for a retail shop, he said.

His current staff is making the move with him, he said, and he hopes his customers do as well. "We have a lot of nice customer who have homes in Amagansett. Now they are either going to go to East Hampton or not," he said.

Adelman said customers can expect a moving sale in February.

What do you think about the move for the Outdoors store? Tell us in the comments below.

1/2 n 1/2, 2 sugars January 02, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Typos galore...! I think the proof reader needs more coffee.. Glad to see outdoors coming to the neighborhood...! Khan should welcome the competition, although the two stores are nothing alike... He didn't seem to care about Espo's when he opened... And he was an ex employee who opened an identical store a stone's throw away... How easily people forget. Welcome outdoors!!!
Walter Kaprielian January 02, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Another example of what greedy landlords of commercial properties have done to our locals. You have to sell a lot of product to make a profit or even stay in business with that kind of rent. Good luck!
tm January 02, 2013 at 06:53 PM
where does it say anything about greedy landlords? or are you just making that assumption? maybe the guy was a bad tenant, who knows?
ViralGrain January 03, 2013 at 03:08 AM
10 grand a month? Guess that is supply and demand. Maybe some more comercial areas are needed and would create some healthy competition while helping to accommodate the growing amount of residents by providing jobs and convenience. Maybe places like the pool hall would return and mama pop stores if there were affordable rents and not just places that are ment to be rented so businesses can declare a loss on their taxes while getting the publicity of being shown in the Hamptons?
Martha Nassauer January 06, 2013 at 02:01 PM
It would be nice if Khanh cleaned up his stickers plastered around East Hampton (and elsewhere). It's a good thing other merchants and/or businesses don't do this, as it detracts from the unique ambiance of a town that takes pride in its appearance. Regardless of how they got there, he should remove them...unless he feels they help him to "stand out." I don't hear any shoppers complaining about the plethora of ladies boutiques carrying many of the "same things" that are the latest in fashion! I have only had great experiences with the Outdoor store, Johnny was always friendly, the prices reasonable, with excellent quality goods. Good luck in your move back to EH, Outdoors!
Barry Adelman February 24, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Getting closer to opening at 30 Park Place, East Hampton. We should be open in 2-3 weeks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf6G_asKW3k&feature=youtu.be
Barry Adelman February 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM
More progress for Outdoors at 30 Park Place, East Hampton http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOIU6u91g7I&feature=youtu.be
Barry Adelman March 08, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Everyday we get a little closer to opening. We're shooting for Saturday March 16th to open Outdoors at 30 Park Place East Hampton. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSgIluQXSx0&feature=youtu.be
Barry Adelman March 08, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Jason - thanks for welcoming Outdoors! I appreciate it.
Barry Adelman March 08, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Thanks for the welcome; Johnny hasn't been with us since 2006, but that's a long story. I promise you we'll be friendly and appreciate your business.

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