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Ripco sets stage for leasing to begin at former theater building

Ripco Real Estate announced that the firm has been retained by Joe Dushey, principal of Jenel Management, to lease 215 East Fordham Road in the Bronx, a 54,000 s/f building that was once home to the RKO Fordham Theater.

Peter Ripka, Andrew Clemens, Chris Walther and Ben Weiner will serve as the exclusive leasing agents for the property, which sits on the northwest corner of Valentine and East Fordham roads.

“215 East Fordham Road is ideal for retail thanks in large part to its excellent ceiling heights, large floorplates and high-visibility location,” said Dushey.

“The property sits on the best corner of Fordham Road, which is the most highly-trafficked retail corridor in the Bronx.

According to Ripco, ideal users for the space include apparel, soft goods, home furnishings, educational concepts such as day-care centers and medical offices for the second and lower levels.

“Fordham Road is the Herald Square of the Bronx and one of the premier shopping destinations in all the outer boroughs especially for children specific stores including clothing and toys. Families flock to the area throughout the week,” said Peter Ripka, co-founder and partner of Ripco Real Estate.

“This is a seven-day-a-week retail corridor that attracts a high-volume of pedestrian traffic and is easily accessible via mass transportation.

“We are eager to leverage our local market expertise and national reach to secure leases with notable tenants.”

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