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Nov 25, 2008 12:29 PM

Why is there a Kee's outpost inside the HSBC branch at 452 5th?

Don't think I saw a post for this. Anyone know? I asked an employee of the bank but they were just as confused as I was.

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    1. re: Produce Addict

      Yes, it's very strange. They placed it right next to the tellers. It's a small refrigerated case/counter set up.

    2. I think I have the answer. Someone at the HSBC branch said they have to lease space to someone else other than themselves or they get a monthly fine, which explains the SBUX stand on the 40th St side and now the chocolate stand on the 5th ave side.

      1. Thanks so much for the tip! I went by to pick up some chocolates for my thanksgiving host, and was pleasantly surprised to find quite a large selection about about 2 dozen chocolates and a dozen or so macaron flavors. Same pricing as the soho store, and a whole lot closer to me.

        1. This is one of the most interesting (yet foreboding) bit of news I've heard in a long time. It's a brilliant idea as everything is about convenience in Manhattan but ... well... WOW. Anyway, I am wondering about the extent to which this exists throughout the city and would love to see a list of vendors (or planned vendors). Is it limited to just HSBC? There's a large branch up here on the UWS. I gotta take a peak.

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          1. re: nativeNYer

            I don't think this would work in a normal bank branch due to the security /space issues. This setup works because it's in the large open lobby area and that area is normally open to everyone anyway.

            1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

              ahhh! thanks. got it. oh well... btw, love the username!! it's one of my favorites.

          2. There are coupons now at the tellers for 50% off of your purchase, up to 10 bucks and good til the 31st i think, for hsbc customers.

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            1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

              When they have an ATM that dispenses Kee's chocolates, please post.

              1. re: Rmis32

                Is this still there? Any recent reports/coupons?

                1. re: Produce Addict

                  It's still there (at least it was as of last week!). I had no idea about the coupons until I saw this thread. The chocolates are great, though I think not as ultra fresh as the ones from her store downtown - but still, very very good. I work a few buildings down from HSBC and have to deliberately try to forget the stand is so close otherwise I'd be there every week.

                  1. re: Produce Addict

                    The stand is still here. The coupons were just through december 31st. it was bad though, i think ate about 40 pieces of chocolate in the 2 week period after I noticed and started using the coupons.

                    1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

                      Yep, still there. Yesterday, I grabbed a couple of chocolates and a white truffle macaroon. Decent amount of offerings.