For many residents, it has become a disturbing trend the mass exhodus of businesses from the village, from long-time staples like and to even businessses like , who traded in the high rents of the Village for the more affordable real estate on the internet.
For the last 30 years, has been dressing the residents in the village with stylish fashions and accesories and this week, they too announced that they were closing up shop this summer, not specifying when, but owner Inge Marrello says she has retirement on her mind.
"I plan to close the doors for good whenever I am finished here, perhaps until the last item is sold," chuckled Marrello who says that the reason stores close i her opinion should never be about how high the rent is, but rather how many customers you can bring in. Her belief is that rent does not determine the success of a business, customers do.
Since 2006, the store has seen a slight decline in customers, but it is the overall decline of local shoppers in Bronxville as a whole that concerns Marrello most.
"Many of the old timers who always shopped local are gone and some of the younger families seem to go elsewhere to shop," she continued.
For those who are interested in bargain shopping, Alexandra will be offering deep discounts over the next few months, with items currently running anywhere from 20 to even 60% off regular price.
For the hard-working Yorktown resident, Marrello has her sights on a new chapter in her life as she hopes to work with animals, particularly guide dogs, training them and giving her time in a new capacity come retirement.
"I'm sad to leave but also looking forward to going back to Germany this summer and doing something new," Marrello said.
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