Lucy’s Hat Shop Will Be Demolished for Old City CVS Complex

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It’s been a long, long run for Old City bar Lucy’s Hat Shop, which Avram Hornik opened at 247 Market Street way back in 1998. But now, the bar’s end is near.

The Lucy’s building is set to be demolished by Alterra Property Group, which plans to develop the corner into a mixed-use development complete with nearly 60 apartments and a CVS. Alterra completed a major Old City renovation on the 100 block of Chestnut Street in 2012. The CVS complex will look something like this:




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Alterra hasn't yet purchased the building from Hornik's company, which bought the property in 2005 for $1.25 million. But Alterra principal Leo Addimando tells me that he expects to close on all properties involved in the coming weeks. I wonder if the huge tax assessment spike (from $184,000 in 2013 to $1.78 million for 2014) is influencing Hornik's decision.

Alterra plans to begin construction on a portion of the project in December, but Lucy's is expected to remain open through the end of the year. The development includes a 1,500-square foot retail space that is currently not spoken for. "We're open to some sort of food use," says Addimando.

When Lucy's opened in 1998 (a lifetime ago relative to most Old City bars' longevity), since-acclaimed chef David Ansill was in the kitchen. Later, Lucy's became known for the Drunken Monkey brunch, which featured a man in a gorilla costume who poured champagne directly into patrons' mouths. In more recent years, it became a trashy all-you-can-drink Old City bar that no one you know wants to hang out in. (Note the drinking straw in the can of Pabst in the photo above.)

Hornik, who did not immediately return a call seeking comment, is much better off spending his time on newer projects like Union Transfer, Morgan's Pier, Boot and Saddle, and the upcoming George Sabatino Winter Wonderland collaboration at Penn's Landing. And the city is much better for it.

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  • Chelsea

    I don’t love Lucy’s, but the idea of someone sticking a giant CVS on that corner makes me downright sad.

  • KB

    Better than the CVS that they stuck at the corner of 22nd and South.

  • Alex

    This article is trash. Victor you clearly know nothing about having fun, i feel sorry for you. Lucy’s is an awesome bar and has fantastic bartenders.

    • Whatadork

      If you like trashy bros, sure.

      Which, apparently you do.

  • Nick

    I agree with Alex. Victor is a hater, and I’m sad to see Lucy’s go. The city doesn’t need another drugstore on prime real estate.

  • scarlet

    i think Philly is all to eager to tear down old buildings to be replaced with new, ugly ones… its a huge problem everywhere in this country and needs to be stopped.. who is allowing this to happen and is anyone fighting to save old historic buildings in Philly and elsewhere…and to replace with a CVS???? really!!!??? SAD !

  • Alex

    I think I have a crush on the girl in purple.

    • pete n pete

      No, you just like pushed up tits. It’s ok. It happens.

    • lex

      What girl? All i see is tits.

  • Anthony DiMarco

    If putting a CVS anywhere in Old City why not on S. 2nd, opposite of Nicks and Cuba Libre? It’s all boarded up.

    • tsarstruck

      Space, day foot traffic, quality of building.

  • Norma Stitz

    Um, there’s nothing historic about this building, Google streetview it. The “Shirt Corner” has been closed for a long time now and is a hideous eyesore … in a very touristy area. Nobody should be mourning the loss of either of these businesses – you can get your shirts somewhere else and the Jersey trash that frequest Lucys can stay in Jersey, I hear “Top Dog” is quite nice.

    • Kristen

      fuck off with that “Jersey trash.”

    • Kristen

      Lucy’s sucked and so you do, you close minded idiot.

  • lex

    I’m going to miss the $1 mixed drinks and surplus of underage Temple sluts with fake ID’s… hahaha

  • LA Rosen

    It would have been great to see a cool business come into that location that would enhance the atmosphere they have been trying to create there… and almost achieved. But, anything is better than that wretched monument to tacky retail that is the battered remnants of The Shirt Store. The rendering looks tasteful. I hope the second tenant in the building can outshine this mediocre choice. I don’t think the final execution will be as low-key and tasteful as is rendered. There is bound to be too many signs, neon, etc.

  • PickAPocket

    The important thing here is to ask why that young lady (putting her hair in a ponytail) is drinking a beer with a straw?

  • henry roengartner

    Lucys is an institution. if you are uner 25 you have no idea about lucys past and what its about. the moron who wrote this article wrote “in recent years” referring to the drunken monkey. there hasn’t been a drunken monkey in about 7 years. what is considered recent dicknose? January 1st is gonna be a sad day for old city. nut hey victor at least blue martini is still jumping right?

    • vfiorillo

      Once you work on your reading skills, we’ll talk.

  • Jen

    I’m so sad. Where else can you go to just get drunk and dance. It was always a fun shitshow