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Local retailer blames Amazon, e-commerce for closure

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Eighty Three Furniture, Clothing, and Gifts President Allan Fisher stands in his store in the Markets at Shrewsbury Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. The business is hosting a liquidation sale for the public starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16th. Bill Kalina photo

A popular retailer in Shrewsbury Township is going out of business, and the owner citing declining sales because of Amazon and e-commerce as the primary cause. 

Eighty Three — Furniture, Clothing, and Gifts will be closing by year's end, said owner Allan Fisher.

The store, located at 12025 Susquehanna Trail South, sells home decor, clothing, equipment and furniture. It first opened in 2015. 

“I love the challenge that owning and operating this store has given me,” said owner Allan Fisher in a news release. “I’m going to miss meeting all the new people and building relationships with them, but it is just time to move on."

Eighty Three Furniture, Clothing, and Gifts, in the Markets at Shrewsbury Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, is closing. The business is hosting a liquidation sale for the public starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16th. Bill Kalina photo

Though the store first opened years after the rise of online shopping, Travis Walker, the founder of Retail Sales PRO, said e-commerce has "drastically" changed within the past year.

Walker, who is working with Fisher in the closing of Eighty Three, specializes in aiding businesses heading toward closure.

Walker cited speedy Amazon shipping and an increase in the forming of online stores as main reasons for drastic and sudden changes. 

"Retail is a completely different game now than it was in 2015," Walker said. "I know this because I've been liquidating retail stores for two decades. I've seen firsthand all the changes with retail, online and brick and mortar."

 A sales event at Eighty Three will be launched for the public starting Thursday, Oct. 17, with all items going on sale, including fixtures and store equipment, according to a news release.

Regular store hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It is closed on Sundays. 

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.