Lester's department store is closing after 30 years on the Upper East Side | Upper East Site Upper East Siders Lament Impending Closure of Lester’s Department Store after 30 Years by Kelly Kreth November 29, 2022, 8:19 am 1 Comment The changing face of the neighborhood has claimed another beloved Upper East Side business. Instead of bustling crowds, eagerly getting a jump on holiday shopping, customers that showed up at Lester’s last weekend were welcomed to empty racks Already a subscriber? Log in here. Continue reading with an Upper East Site subscription. Read More Comments are closed. One Comment Expand All Collapse All Sort by Newest Oldest It’s a wonderful store. I was under the impression that Denny’s bought out the stores and that was why the Lester’s brand was shutting down. Maybe that is because of rising rents or the family wanted to sell?