Archive for Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Floral and Gift Shoppe closing

May 18, 2010

Elvyn Jones

ejones@theworldco.info

When the Tonganoxie Post Office vacates in downtown site in the coming weeks, it won’t be the only empty storefront on the 500 block of Fourth Street’s south side.

Gloria Reischman is having a store clearance sale this week of her Village Floral and Gift Shoppe immediately east of the post office.

“Everything needs to be out of here Friday,” she said. “We’re packing up this weekend.”

The shop was a victim of the recession, Reischman said. Business fell off the past 18 months and took a further turn for the worse the past four or five months, she said.

“We had a great 2 1/2 years,” she said. “I’m also an accountant. I know when to face the fact it’s not paying the the bills.”

Poor sales was the deciding motivation for the closing, but the decline in downtown traffic with the post office move was also a consideration, Reischman said.

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