Annapolis To Lose Two Longtime Stores In January

| December 11, 2013
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out of businessCORRECTION:  The Annapolis Economic Development Corporation has advised that there are only 12 vacancies on Main Street currently.  We mis-interpreted the search engine on their site.  We regret the error. Note: the search engine displays ALL properties no matter if they are available or not. If the property shows “0 sf” that property is not available.

Come January, Main Street in Annapolis will have two more vacancies. Eye On Annapolis has learned that Creative Impressions and Peppers will both be shuttering their doors in January 2014.

Employees of Creative Impressions were given the news several weeks ago and have been quietly telling their customers of the impending closing. The store, specializing in framed artwork and prints has been a fixture on Main Street since at least 1996. According to their website, they have been in business 29 years.

In an email sent to City and Economic Development officials last weekend, Stewart Cohen, owner of Peppers advised that the Main Street store was simply not profitable and they would be closing the store in early January.  Peppers is a small retail outlet for a larger firm (www.armedforcesgear.com) that specializes graphic t-shirts and clothing. In addition, they have an agreement with the USNA to handle merchandise sales for the Academy both online and at the stadium.  According to the email, “Over the last several years our on-line business as well the USNA sporting events continue to be very profitable but unfortunately our downtown store has not.” Peppers has been located at the corner of Gorman and Main Streets for 37 years.

According to the Annapolis Economic Development website, there are currently 60 12 (see correction note above) vacancies on Main Street. With these two it will be 62 14 (see correction note above).

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  • http://blog.mdsuburbanhomes.com/ Ken Montville

    I guess this is less an indication of the viability of the businesses than it is the location. Downtown is struggling big time. Annapolis Town Center in Parole, the Mall, Harbor Center. They all have ample and free parking that is close to all the businesses.

    They’re also very convenient to the freeways. You really need to want to go downtown to shop and eat. I personally love downtown (and Maryland Ave.) but it’s a bear to park and the traffic is horrendous.

  • Mike Lofton

    This site needs to come with a WARNING that it’s stories are NOT fact-checked. 60 vacancies on Main St! Preposterous!

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/ John Frenaye

      Mike, we have made a correction. However, the AEDC’s website is also misleading. To determine what is vacant, you need to look for zero square footage. There is no column for available/unavailable, and one might think that if a business was looking to come to Annapolis that the “location locator” would reasonably reflect properties that are indeed available.

      We spoke with AEDC this morning and made the correction.

  • Rick Lepski

    Think you should count again…there are currently by my count only 4 retail spaces are currently available on MAIN, including the 2 that are leaving.