These popular stores are closing after over 70 years in business

Shops that have been around for decades are often the most reassuring: they feature familiar faces and families, the same products, and the friendly service you’d expect from a visit to a local shop. But unfortunately sometimes these retailers fail the test of time even if they have survived 70, 80 or even 100 years. Read on to find out which popular stores are closing their doors after over 70 years in business.

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Last month there were announcements by some other long-standing companies that they were closing stores.

You may know Bartell Drugs if you are familiar with the Seattle, Washington area, as the name harks back to its founding in 1890. On September 14th One of the small chain’s Chinatown International District locations has been closed due to “business strategy, lease and rental considerations, local business conditions and profitability and store performance,” new parent company Rite Aid said.

Also in September, the Folsom General Store in Louisiana, which first opened in 1938, announced its departure. No set completion date has been announced by the current owner Bernie Willienor was it a formal reason, but he told he remains “committed” to the business in his final days.

And while a general store goes down, the Randsburg General Store in California’s Mojave Desert is doing its best to stay afloat. Loyal customers launched GoFundMe to keep the small business from going under, NBC affiliate KGET reported, and according to a Sept. 30 Facebook post, customers’ “support and generosity” just got the doors “just a little bit.” longer” kept open.

The good news didn’t last long, however, as four more stores are officially closing.

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In the West Brighton neighborhood of Staten Island, New York, a small but popular clothing store is closing after 71 years. A September 29 post on the Suzanne’s Fashion Corner, Ltd. Facebook page. announced a store-wide clearance sale of the store’s baby clothes, communion outfits, girls’ dresses and women’s clothing on October 27th.

“It’s not a big department store, it’s not Amazon.” Suzanne Berelson, the store’s owner, told “You won’t find the things we carry here anywhere else. I’ve supplied exclusive, hard-to-find merchandise to five generations. It was wonderful. I don’t want to close, but there really is no other choice.”

Berelson, the daughter of the store’s original founder, Irene Berliner, adding that like many other small businesses, COVID is the final pain point. Though there’s no official closing date, she believes the eventual sale will allow her to vacate the store space before her lease expires on January 1, 2023.

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Hardware stores are another go-to destination for many, but there will no longer be one in Livonia, Michigan. The current owners of Wright’s Hardware, Joe and Jeri DorrThey have sold the building and plan to retire, reported.

The shop has been open for about 70 years and was initially owned by the von family Dennis Wright, and was taken over by the Dorrs 14 years ago. But customers’ ability to buy what they need online has hurt profits, as have increasingly drier winter seasons. For snow gear in particular, demand has been “steadily” declining, Jeri told The couple didn’t say when the store will close, but they said it’s “bittersweet” as they’re also ready for retirement.

“I feel like a mountain is falling off my back,” Joe told the outlet. “It feels really good.”

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An outdoor gear store in Belleville, Illinois is also closing after 76 years in business, having first opened its doors in 1946. Belleville News Democrat reported. Curt Smith’s Outdoors will make its final sale in late 2022, manager Tom Petrekovich said the outlet.

Although Petrekovich called it a “well-known establishment,” the store’s owner said, SteveSmith, is ready to retire and a business-wide liquidation sale will take place in October. Depending on how quickly they can clear inventory at discounted prices, the store may close earlier, Petrekovich said.

More than 70 years is certainly an achievement, but reaching 100 years in business is a remarkable achievement, especially for smaller operations. A four and a half hour drive from Belleville, Skokie, Illinois is home to 103 year old Sandberg Jewelers. The store has been a fixture since 1919, but it’s sadly closing after more than a century of “celebrating life’s special moments with the Chicagoland community,” according to an Oct. 2 Facebook post.

The shop-owner, Suzanne Sandbergalso announced a special sale starting October 7, but she’s yet to confirm an official closing date. These popular stores are closing after over 70 years in business

Sarah Y. Kim

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