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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