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Apr 19, 2017 5:16 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

One Kings Lane To Open In Former Rogers Memorial Library Building In Southampton

Work is being done on the old Rogers Memorial Library building on Jobs Lane in Southampton Village in preparation for One Kings Lane is moving into the space.  DANA SHAW
Apr 19, 2017 5:16 PM

An online luxury furniture retailer will open its first physical storefront at the old Rogers Memorial Library building on Jobs Lane in Southampton Village this summer.

When the retailer, One Kings Lane of San Francisco, opens the doors of the two-story, 3,500-square-foot building this Memorial Day, it will be the first time the building has been occupied since 2012. The Parrish Art Museum had owned the building at 11 Jobs Lane, dubbing it the Carroll Petrie Center for Education. When the Parrish relocated its museum to a new facility in Water Mill in 2012, it sold the former library to Sagaponack resident Jonathan S. Sobel for $2.875 million. Mr. Sobel then marketed the space for rent.

The furniture store will be partnering with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Retail, a New York City-based commercial real estate advisory firm, when it opens in the heart of the village’s business district.

Debbie Propst, the president of One Kings Lane, said in a press release this week that she is excited to be opening in the 122-year-old building.

“Opening our first street-level physical retail location is a major step for One Kings Lane in our mission to help our customers live their personal style, and we are thrilled to be able to do so in such an iconic summer destination,” Ms. Propst said. “As we are always looking to push the boundaries of traditional retail, partnering with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Retail to occupy the historic 11 Jobs Lane space felt like the perfect fit and will undoubtedly be a terrific way to engage the local community and be an organic, local resource for home and design.”

A representative of the company could not be reached for additional comment.

As One Kings Lane starts transforming the interior of the building to house its wide inventory of furniture, the exterior of the building will also be getting a face lift.

In March, the Southampton Village Board voted to allow the exterior of the building to be renovated based on an 1899 postcard, to make the facade look more like it did during that era.

Mayor Mark Epley said the Board of Historic Preservation & Architectural Review also gave a green light to change the exterior of the building, including painting the stucco siding white.

The Victorian Gothic library was designed by R.H. Robertson and built in 1895. Then in 1915, an addition designed by Grosvenor Atterbury was completed. When the Rogers Memorial Library moved to a new building on Windmill Lane in the village in 2000, the Jobs Lane building was sold to the Parrish Art Museum, which stood next door at the time.

When One Kings Lane comes to Southampton it will operate seasonally, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. According to the release, the store will have much of the same offerings found on its website, onekingslane.com—including in-house interior designers, exclusive furnishings and vintage pieces.

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ugh!!!...
Another upscale seasonal storefront....
.this special place should house something for the year round community...
a terrible choice....
By native68 (13), southampton on Apr 19, 17 10:36 PM
I hear you. But exactly what would fit that 'difficult to fill' bill? Especially when we're talking about historic Jobs Lane in Southampton Village. If you live here year round (and I believe you do) you know as well as I that Main St. and Jobs Lane are ghost towns in off season. The retail traffic just isn't there and the rent, I am sure, is above astronomical. And if perhaps you're talking about a some kind of community center, well Jobs Lane just is NOT the place to have it
By elliot (238), sag harbor on Apr 28, 17 1:03 PM
We were hoodwinked by a mayoral flim flam.
By SlimeAlive (629), Southampton on Apr 20, 17 6:18 AM
I can remember every wall in the first (main) floor and the basement. I was never allowed to the second floor.... although my mother used to spend some afternoons up there with the resident who was also the librarian; Mom loved to sit up in the turret during her teenage years of the nineteen twenties. Fond memories of that Library. I cannot speak to the legal matters taken when the Semergins helped to spur the drive for a new Larger Library, but, I do know in selling the old Library building to ...more
By summertimegal (58), southampton on Apr 20, 17 7:33 AM
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name dropper.
By even flow (499), East Hampton on Apr 20, 17 8:34 AM
I remember the Library as a pre-Starbucks reading area back when people still read books rather than blogs.
By Killerfrog (26), Southampton on Apr 20, 17 8:36 AM
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This building has sat vacant since the Library left. Most of Jobs lane is vacant during the winter anyway, at least the space is being used for something. Nice to see a retail business moving in which will bring foot traffic. It could have been another real estate office or brokerage house.
By Corwin1879 (29), Southampton on Apr 20, 17 8:39 AM
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a SEASONAL retail....not what we need.....
By native68 (13), southampton on Apr 20, 17 10:06 AM
With the option to go long-term year round. The trend is pop-up as the area becomes more and more seasonal. Local baby boomers are heading south, and our youth are leaving the area and LI in general in search of more affordable areas to live. Sign of the times.
By Mouthampton (349), Southampton on Apr 20, 17 10:49 AM
a vacant building that is slowly falling down is better?
By Corwin1879 (29), Southampton on Apr 21, 17 1:28 PM
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Well that's depressing
By johnj (687), Westhampton on Apr 20, 17 8:53 AM
We need more year round stores that provide full time employment for local people.
By Gene10x (20), Southampton on Apr 21, 17 12:38 AM
We need more year round stores that provide full time employment for local people.
By Gene10x (20), Southampton on Apr 21, 17 12:39 AM
We need more year round stores that provide full time employment for local people.
By Gene10x (20), Southampton on Apr 21, 17 12:39 AM
Then you need year round residents making year round purchases.
By Mouthampton (349), Southampton on Apr 21, 17 8:37 AM
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Its very easy to say year round business and hire locals. Then you look at the year round numbers in the village and the labor pool and the song changes. I hire locals, year round, and am well aware of the difficulties of making payroll when there is ZERO business. Maybe until you know what it takes to run a local business you should dedicate your opinion to an issue your better versed in.
By Corwin1879 (29), Southampton on Apr 21, 17 1:33 PM
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Would've made a fine Hooters
By johnj (687), Westhampton on Apr 21, 17 1:40 PM
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The village can use a place to buy a scented candle for under $75
By even flow (499), East Hampton on Apr 26, 17 5:44 AM
I'm not crazy about the idea, but still considerably better than vacant or another real estate/banking organization. As far as a years round rental? the economy simply can't support that. Not enough winter business and rents are way too high. Saks couldn't even afford it. Miraculous the Pottery Barn is still there. One Kings Lane is an upscale online retailer. Like I said, it could be worse.
By elliot (238), sag harbor on Apr 28, 17 12:47 PM
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