Thank You, P.C. Richard & Son for 20+ Great Years in Union Square

Image Source: P.C. Richard & Son

Image Source: P.C. Richard & Son

After over two decades in Union Square, P.C. Richard & Son – an appliance, television, mattress, and electronics retail institution of the tri-state area – announced the closing of their Union Square location at 120 East 14th Street following the end of their lease at the site on February 28.  P.C. Richard & Son opened in Union Square in 1996 and the company has been a retail staple and dedicated neighborhood partner for over two decades. 

The Richard family and former Union Square Partnership Executive Director Rob Walsh (middle) oversee the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for P.C. Richard & Son’s flagship Manhattan store at Union Square in 1996.

The Richard family and former Union Square Partnership Executive Director Rob Walsh (middle) oversee the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for P.C. Richard & Son’s flagship Manhattan store at Union Square in 1996.

P.C. Richard & Son has several locations across all five boroughs, including a nearby store in Chelsea at 53 West 23rd Street. Through February 28, P.C. Richard & Son will have a closeout sale of their remaining inventory of televisions, electronics, appliances, and mattresses. The company plans to relocate employees from the Union Square store to their other Manhattan locations. The P.C. Richard & Son site will be home to the future Union Square Tech Hub announced by Mayor de Blasio last year. 

When former P.C. Richard & Son President, the late Gary Richard, oversaw the opening of the company’s first Manhattan store in 1996, he said, “we know the area…we love it here. And 14th Street is just wonderful.” Drawn by the neighborhood’s thriving commercial activity, P.C. Richard & Son worked closely with the city and the Union Square Partnership to find their home in the Union Square neighborhood. 

Early on, Gary Richard stressed the importance of community. “We like to put back into our communities because these people take care of the P.C. Richard name. We’ve got to help them in turn make a better life for the people in those communities.” After moving to the neighborhood, Gary Richard then served on the board of directors for the Union Square Partnership out of that desire to be involved in the communities where the business operates and positively contribute to the local neighborhood.

Founded in 1909, P.C. Richard & Son opened their very first store in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn. Originally a hardware store, the company evolved over time as new consumer technologies developed and they moved into selling appliances, televisions, electronics, and mattresses. Today, the company operates 66 stores and has nearly 3,000 employees. Passing through four generations, the company is now headed by the original founder’s great-grandson, Gregg Richard.

Union Square Partnership thanks the company for their long-running presence and contributions to the neighborhood, and Union Square bids a fond farewell to P.C. Richard & Son.