And then there were eight. The Luggage Stop, at 1923 Palmer Avenue for sixteen years, will close its doors this summer.
Owner Toby Roth tells theLoop her lease was coming up and the decision was her own.
"We’ve been losing money for the last two years," Roth said. "People are shopping on the internet. That’s the killer." Roth and her son Marc, who run the small luggage and bag store together, have been a fixture on the Avenue since 1994.
With the closing of The Luggage Stop, there could potentially be eight empty storefronts on the one-block stretch of Palmer Avenue between Chatsworth and Larchmont Avenues. Currently six stores are empty; Michou will soon close to focus on on-line sales. Roth says there is no business that she knows of interested in her space.
With a big sign posted in her window today, many well-wishers stopped in to say goodbye, though Roth says she will stay open another two months.