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Updated: 12/28/2013 08:00:01AM

Downtown businesses closing

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PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Apple Seeds was one of three businesses that closed its doors for good just days before Christmas.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


The chalkboard sign calls out for support of downtown businesses, to little avail. Three downtown stores closed the doors.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Both Happy Feet Ice Cream Cafe and Bartow Flowers and Gifts have closed their doors. However, there is the possibilty Happy Feet might re-open.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Both Happy Feet Ice Cream Cafe and Bartow Flowers and Gifts have closed their doors. However, there is the possibilty Happy Feet might re-open.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


In the waning days of operation, prices at Happy Feet Ice Cream Cafe were cut.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Theresa McCall pores over some of the remaining inventory at Apple Seeds.

By STEVE STEINER

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The downtown Bartow business environment worsened on the 100 block of East Main Street and adjacent South Central Avenue. It started several days before Christmas as one store closed its door for good on Christmas Eve, while two others began winding down operations. Of the latter two, there is an outside chance — albeit slim — one might either remain in business, but just barely and perhaps in a caretaker capacity, or re-open under different owners or operators

Regardless, as a result, only one mercantile retail establishment, Parker Place, remains in business on the ground floor of the first block of East Main Street or South Central Avenue. All other establishments are either restaurants or real estate/insurance offices.

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