Downtown business closing

Staff writer

For nearly three decades the building at the corner of First and Main Sts. has housed Quick Flick and Radio Shack. However, due to declining business its doors will soon close.

Manager Cora Friesen said the store will be open through August, but is uncertain how long after.

“We have so much inventory and we’ve been selling stuff like crazy that everyday I’ve been reevaluating,” she said. “I’m not ready to put an end date on it yet.”

Friesen said the decision to close has nothing to do with the multiple stores Radio Shack is closing across the country, but everything to do with losing their Verizon dealership status in October, after being a dealer for 17 years.

“After our dealership license wasn’t renewed, it left a big hole in our business that only grew,” she said.

A large part of the business derived from people coming in for phones and buying other items.

Friesen hasn’t yet decided what’s next for the building or for her.

“That’s the big question,” she said. “I don’t know because I’ve been too focused on the task at hand.”

The increased traffic volume has given Friesen time to reconnect with customers.

“I’m trying to enjoy this time and it’s helping me remember why I started the business in the first place,” she said.

Liquidation sales have led to an uptake in business, which Friesen said has taken up most of her time, but she does know she wants to take a small break after closing. Friesen also plans to spend time with grandkids.

“I’ve spent half my life running the store and I want to take a short break, then do something I really enjoy,” she said. “It’s a stressful world and I’ve worked since I was 15 so I thought maybe a break would not be such a bad idea.”

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