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Serendipity closing in downtown Longmont

Posted on: Jun 8 16

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Times Call Longmont Business

For business owner Vicky Boone, the improvements to Longmont’s historic downtown were anything but serendipitous.

At the end of the month, the longtime consignment shop Serendipity will close its doors at 635 3rd Ave. for good, and Boone cites the ongoing construction and her landlord’s desire for a new tenant at the Longmont retail space.

“I’ve seen a steady decline over the past two years,” she said Tuesday morning, amid signs advertising a closing sale pasted on the windows and tearful customers stopping in to say goodbye.

Boone says she can pinpoint the decline to another sign posted on the building: A for lease sign put up two years ago by her landlord.

“People thought I was closing,” she said. “It scared away business.”

Property owner J.D. Parker said that Boone declined to sign a new lease, prompting him to list the property. He also said the rent at the 6,000-square-foot retail for lease in Longmont was “less than what it started at in 2006,” when Serendipity first moved in.

Boone said she can’t afford an increase in rent because the overhead of the business is too high, and the closure of the sidewalk and parking areas around her store during the ongoing construction have severely limited business.
Antonio’s Mexican restaurant on Main Street closed in November, and owner Antonio Matus also blamed construction, as did other area businesses. But Serendipity neighbor Gloria Concha, the owner of Sandy’s Tailor & Alterations, told the Times-Call in May that her business had not been noticeably impacted.

Parker said interest in the facility has been high and that he ideally would like to bring a brewery or restaurant to the space.

“We’re sad to see Vicky go,” he said. “We’ve worked with her as much as we can.”

Boone isn’t sure what she’ll do next, thought she is open to re-establishing the 11-year-old Serendipity somewhere else in town. But for now, she “needs a break.

“I love doing it and thank all my customers for being so supportive all these years,” she said. “I’ve just had it.”

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