Salisbury: Downtown’s The Brown Eyed Suzy, Selling Cute Homemade Items on W. Innes St., Closes Its Doors on July 28th

Posted on June 12, 2018

RFP Staff

♦ Sadly the Rowan Free Press learned on Monday from our readers that Downtown’s The Brown Eyed Suzy, selling cute homemade items at 114 W. Innes Street, finally succumbed to the multitude of reasons why most retailers and eateries have to shutter their doors in Downtown’s musical chair environment.  The owner, Barbara Fuller, an information Technology analyst at Catawba College, showed a lot of pluck in lasting 2 years when most Downtown businesses pull the plug within 6 months to about a year.  The Brown Eyed Suzy will close on July 28th, 2018.

Announcing The Brown Eyed Suzy’s closing Monday on social media:

There are many reasons why retailers and eateries give up the ghost Downtown after short runs. Here are several:

Not much traffic in the Downtown Area and even less buyers.

Few people want to pay list price for retail when most retail is done on the internet and chain stores do better pricing.

Downtown Salisbury is rightfully viewed as dangerous as people have been shot and murdered Downtown. The Murder at the Mural and over at the Firewater (It closed) come immediately to mind.

Salisbury has approximately 25% of its folks living below the poverty line and has little spendable income.

Minority business owners appear poorly represented among Downtown business owners.

Extremely high overhead due to Municipal Services District Tax which supports the Empire Hotel, a decrepit former flophouse not opened to the public since 1963.

Downtown has a blighted look with many vacant storefronts with brown paper in their windows.

Triple net leases where inexperienced retailers and restauranters get suckered into paying for repairs and renovations. This can be a bomb to a struggling retailer or restaurant’s overhead.

The lack of serious retail draws.

Shoplifting, bad checks, and counterfeit drive up the overhead. Lest we forget burglaries and break-ins.

Aggressive panhandlers drive off customers.

A lack of business acumen and a well-formed business plans. Failure to connect with the SBA is a death knell for those following their dreams.

Car break-ins in dangerous parking lots and poor on the street parking opportunities.

And much more.

The Brown Eyed Suzy, 114 W. Innes Street, Salisbury, N.C.:

Location The Brown Eyed Suzy, 114 W. Innes Street, Salisbury, N.C.:

Best of luck to Barbara Fuller. We have no doubt that you would prosper elsewhere.

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