STORE HOURS FOR OUR RELOCATION SALE AT
Place 1 - 117 Wyoming Ave., Scranton
Call: 570-342-6840Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - 12pm
Thursday 12pm to 7pm
Saturday 11am to 4pm
shop wont return to W-B until 2014
Michaelene Coffee does not want to
disrupt her business again during holiday season
December 04. 2013 11:38PM
Jerry Lynott - email@example.com
The dust has settled
with the completion of most demolition on the condemned buildings downtown, and
now its just another thing for the owners of neighboring stores to deal
with before returning.
The extra work of cleaning up Place
One at the Hollywood was enough for Michaelene Coffee to put off her return until
after the holidays.
I wont be moving back to Wilkes-Barre
until after the first of the year, Coffee said Wednesday.
temporarily relocated to Scranton last month after the city condemned a row of
buildings, including three of its own, on South Main Street. Her nextdoor neighbor,
Ilona Bruns, of Frank Clark Jeweler, moved to her Ocean Gold store on Main Street
Bruns was considering returning as early as next
week, if she could make her store presentable with some vacuuming and cleaning.
might not be so pretty, Bruns said.
Some utilities have
been restored on the demolition project that began on Nov. 11. Stell Enterprises
Inc. of Plains Township, which received the $194,861 emergency demolition bid,
is working on rebuilding the facade that Coffees property at 67 S. Main
St. shared with the adjacent city-owned building at 71 S. Main St., city spokeswoman
Liza Prokop said in an e-mail.
The store owners closed shop
with the citys condemnation notice on Oct. 31. Their locations in the middle
of a cluster of vacant buildings placed them and their customers in harms
way of a possible collapse. Their exits could not have come at a more critical
time as the start of the holiday shopping season approached.
definitely lost those sales, Bruns said.
Bruns, who has
been at 63 S. Main St. since May, would have to pack up her inventory and clean
up the showcases to display them. It took time to get out. It takes time
to get back in, Bruns said.
She is located in the property
owned by Ken Pollock Inc. and next to where the former Humphreys shoe store,
owned by the Wilkes-Barre City Redevelopment Authority at 61 S.Main St., stood.
on the other hand, has been in the downtown for 22 years. She reached a deal with
the city to pay approximately $8,800 to transport her merchandise to and from
a property in Scranton. She closed that store years ago and consolidated it with
the one in Wilkes-Barre that, although determined to be structurally sound, was
condemned. It shared a 40-foot section of wall with the adjacent city property
that, because of the extent of deterioration, posed a safety threat.
said she was informed by the city that she could return today but will hold off.
time and effort to clean the Wilkes-Barre store and pack the merchandise for the
move here would cut into the holiday shopping season already hurt by the move,
she pointed out.
I cant ruin any more of my selling
season, Coffee said.Shes cut prices on gowns and dresses by $100 in
order to lighten the load. Everythings on sale because I dont
want to move it back.