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46-year-old Grass Valley store to shut down

Staff Writer

Dave’s Shoes, a 46-year-old Grass Valley store, is going out of business, the latest economic casualty.

The prolonged economic slump has hurt many mom-and-pop businesses, the heart of the area’s business sector.

“The economy is so poor that we are having to close our doors,” said owner Vonnie Slangstrom. “We can’t afford the new lease that’s coming into effect in January.”

Slangstrom and her husband Kent Slangstrom are Yuba City residents and have jointly owned Dave’s Shoes for the past 12 years. Prior to its current location on Taylorville Road, the store was located on Brunswick Road, she said.

“Business has been tough for the past three years,” Vonnie Slangstrom said. “Within the past three months, taxes have gone up and my landlord has doubled the maintenance charge.”

The Slangstroms have had to close three other shoe stores in Yuba City, Auburn and Red Bluff in the recent past with big- box stores opening in the vicinity, she said. Customers also prefer to buy shoes online because of lower prices, she added.

“We felt safe here in Grass Valley because this area has not allowed big-box stores to come in,” Vonnie Slangstrom said. “I’m heart-broken.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do. I thought this store (in Grass Valley) was my livelihood. I’ll be going out looking for employment,” she said.

Dave’s Shoes is the latest in a string of small business closures in Grass Valley.

” Copy Right, the print and copy store that has been in business on Maltman Drive in Grass Valley for many years, closed Monday.

” The Bank Street Café in Grass Valley went out of business earlier this month. The store’s opening last summer was hailed for being the first in the retail space on the ground floor of the Gold Miners Inn Holiday Inn Express in downtown Grass Valley.

” Gregory’s Wine Vault shut its doors in March at the same time that Dovetail Designs, a 15-year-old furniture business downtown, closed.

” Broad Street Furniture in Nevada City and Hedman Furniture and Jim Keil Chevrolet in Grass Valley were some of the larger victims.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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