Thursday the store was empty. The clothes gone. The fixtures removed. The sign taken down.
Mrs. Doris Thorn, manager of the shop for the past seven years, says she’s as surprised as anyone. She expected to work Thursday until 9 p.m. — like most shopping nights in Oneonta.
“When we went to work, the movers were there taking the stock. We had no idea the store was going to close,” she said.
The business is owned by George Corn of New York City and he told Mrs. Thorn and Mrs. Bertha Teachout, Westville, an employee for two and a half years that “there is no more work.”
Signs in the window of the shop now read, “Lost our lease, mail credit payment direct to Atlantic Ready Charge, 7 Church St., Paterson, N.J.”
A spokesman for the AEF realty company in Oneonta, owner of the building, said simply that May’s shop was on a month-to-month rental basis for the past two months. He said the rent was paid until next month but the lease was not renewed.
Many of the Main Street merchants were surprised by the sudden closing.
Just as much in the dark is the Oneonta Chamber of Commerce.
Richard Keslo said, “We’re wondering why they left.”