Scotch & Soda, an Amsterdam-based fashion brand that sells clothing store for men, women, and children, is opening a two-story store at 352 Newbury St., the former home of local ice cream chain J.P. Licks.
The Newbury Street location will be the first American store for the Dutch clothing brand.
J.P. Licks closed its doors after 20 years on the busy street. After a brief hiatus, the ice cream shop will reopen in the Back Bay on Boylston Street in the former location of the Looney Tunes record store near the Berklee College of Music.
The building in which the store operated was bought by a new owner who wanted to rent the entire building to just one tenant rather than having the traditional retail shop on the first floor with offices above, according to J.P. Licks owner Vince Petryk.
“There was no way we could sell enough ice cream cones to pay that rent,” he said in a phone interview.