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Muncie's glass outlet up for sale

Post Time:Dec 19,2011Classify:Industry NewsView:219

Without a buyer, Glass and More Factory Outlet could close in the near future. An exact date is yet to be determined, but the sign on the door announces a going-out-of business sale. Co-owner Duaine Moore wants to sell everything before the doors close for good.

 

"We hate to close it," Moore said. "The women are coming in and crying."

 

Moore and his son, Charles Moore, aren't making enough profit in the retail outlet to make it worth their time.

 

"We're not retail specialists," Duaine Moore said. "We just don't want to spend that much time in the retail business."

 

The warehouse, a separate business, will remain open. The retail business has a different customer base than the warehouse, and retail items are bught by the Moores and then re-sold.

 

"We're selling things too cheap," Moore said. "It's a good business, but you have got to charge enough for your product and you've got to make a profit."

 

The price of the glass and candles is what kept customers Jay and Tracy Prewitt of Muncie and Linda Johnson of Hagerstown, coming back.

 

"That's too bad," Jay said about the possible closing.

 

Back in its heyday, busloads of customers would come to the shop from across the state to stock up on items at discounted prices. The store was a "destination" shop, customers said.

 

"I'll be majorly disappointed (if it closes), said Tracy Prewitt. I don't know any place around that you can get anything like this."

 

Johnson stops by the outlet when she visits a doctor in Muncie. She recalled a friend saved a "tremendous" amount of money by buying the table decorations for her daughter's wedding at the glass outlet.

 

"It's been convenient, and the prices were so much better on candles," Johnson said.

 

Moore would like to get someone to take over the retail business and keep the glass outlet alive. The retail operates in 12,500 square feet; the entire building, including the warehouse, is 140,000 square feet.

 

"It's a possibility if we get the right people that want to run it, we can charge them so much for the space and then they can run it themselves," Moore said.

 

Moore and his wife Diana bought the outlet store from Indiana Glass Factory in 2002. The glass outlet, which sits at the intersection of Batavia and Kilgore avenues, opened 1983 as Indiana Glass Factory Outlet and sold discontinued products from Indiana Glass Factory at deeply discounted prices.

Source: www.thestarpress.comAuthor: shangyi

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