The new year brought with it a good bit of uncertainty for local businesses. A few weeks ago we announced that Kmart has decided to close their Statesboro store. Since that announcement, there have been a rash of store closing announcements locally. I have spoken with a good number of businesses that are barely holding on. We hope these closings will encourage you to continue to faithfully buy local when you can and support your favorite businesses.
Here is a list of reported closings:
Papa Murphy’s, located beside Applecare and Firehouse Subs on Brannen Street, also closed earlier this month. The local franchise owner stated that sales did not meet expectations. The “cook your own pizza” concept simply did not catch on as they had hoped in Statesboro. Several large franchise operators in the south are also closing their stores.
In addition, Papa Murphy’s announced this month that they will be closing 16 company-owned stores.
Bellies and Babies
Ryan Marsh, owner of Bellies and Babies on East Main Street Downtown is closing the store after five years of ownership.
They are having a farewell sale which will continue through the stores final day, which will be Saturday.
L&D Produce, located at 231 East Main Street, announced on social media that they have decided to close this month, also. David and Leona Gerrald have been trying to sell the business for more than a year now. They remain hopeful an investor steps forward and purchases the property and business and reopens it as a produce market.
Classic Cleaners, located at 510 Northside Drive East, also closed. Owner Janice Gray has the business and building for sale. She would like to find a buyer for business that is interested in reopening and operating the business as a cleaners.
Gray will also consider selling the real estate. There is an additional adjoining property that she will sell as well which is zoned commercial.
Sports Emporium, in Buckhead Plaza, did not renew their lease and is having a storewide closing sale. R.J. Pope Traditional Menswear has plans to expand their Buckhead store into the current space Sports Emporium is renting. This expansion for R.J. Pope will take most of the space and the additional space will be leased to another tenant.
As we reported last week Talbots ladies clothing store, located in the Woodland Square shopping center, has closed. Talbots opened the Statesboro store at this location over a decade ago. The store was initially 4,500 square feet but had reduced the store size to 3,700 square feet over the past few years.
Frank Parker, managing partner for Woodland Square, confirmed that Talbots had elected to not renew their lease which will terminate on Thursday.