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This article was published 3/6/2015 (720 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
One of the city’s oldest downtown stores — Brick’s Fine Furniture — is closing its doors next month after nearly a half a century in business.
Store owner Cynthia Brick, who, along with her husband, Fred, opened their first downtown outlet in 1969, said a going-out-of-business sale will get underway late next week. The plan is to wrap everything up by the end of next month.
The 75-year-old entrepreneur said it was the prospect of going through another round of construction-related disruptions that convinced her it was time to throw in towel.
For the past two summers, it was street construction that made it difficult for customers to access their Market Avenue store, she said. And this summer it’s dust from construction work overhead — the owners of the building are getting ready to convert the upper floors into condominiums — that’s turning off prospective customers.
"I’ve had customers that walked in and ran their fingers over the furniture and then walked out. They didn’t say anything to me, but it’s very obvious," she said. "And I know its going to get worse. It’s not going to get better."
While relocating the store might have been an option, "at this point I don’t think I’ve got the energy for it," Brick added. "I know it (closing the store) is the right thing to do, but it’s difficult."