toys and gifts: July 2009 Archives

Old and local stores, early July edition

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The economic downturn is hitting local stores especially hard. Saddest among those affected are the decades-old establishments suddenly facing bankruptcy or liquidation. Recent news affects a variety of beloved and longtime stores around the country:

  • Washington, D.C.'s Apartment Zero is closing its District location after 10 years in business. The owners vow to continue online and may open another location, but in the meantime, the items in store are being liquidated.
  • Out in Billings, Montana, Sutton's Sportswear is closing, two and a half years after its original owners sold the store. Sutton's, which made its own line of clothes, had been around since 1981.
  • Aurora, Illinois' Montgomery Ace has started its going-out-of-business sale. The store, which had been a go-to for hardware and housewares, had been operating since the 1970s. [added 2:09 p.m.]
  • And in Decatur, Illinois, 121-year-old Wyker's Toys closed for good on Tuesday. Wyker's had been family-run since 1888, when it first opened as a hardware store. The owners cite the economy and changing shopping habits as contributing to the store's demise.


Crabtree & Evelyn bankrupt

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The U.S. unit of specialty retailer Crabtree & Evelyn filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning, citing economic conditions. The company, which sells popular soaps and other products, has 126 stores across the country. Crabtree & Evelyn plans to work on rent reductions at existing locations and will close an unspecified number of stores.


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