The ranks are thinning Department store deaths in the center of Ueckermünde continuous. Two years ago, two fashion stores on Ueckerstraße were closed, and the “Lebensart”, whose shop window was popular with passers-by at all times of the year, was also vacated. Fortunately, Dörthe Budde moved into the building at Ueckerstraße 95 this year with its new store of children’s fashion, decoration items and souvenirs. However, her parents’ traditional stationery and leather goods shop is now closed.
Unique Music Store is closing
Retirement age, health problems, intense competition from online commerce – these are the most common reasons why retailers in Ueckermünde close their shops. In addition to the sensitive effects of the Corona crisis. When this year ends, the shop doors on Ueckerstraße will remain closed. Waltraud Eberbach has closed the “Music Shell” – a music store unique to a small town – and Iris Winkler has closed her magical flower shop. The party decoration shop on Schulstraße has already switched to working online.
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Sometimes sales are barely enough to cover operating costs
If you ask the traders, there could be more bad news next year. Sometimes sales are barely enough to cover operating costs, says Waltraude Eberbach. “One month can be compensated for, but for me it was four months with low sales.” She deeply regrets this, but Music Shell cannot exist under these conditions. The city of Ueckermünde’s efforts to promote trade in the old town were not felt. “It would have been a good business if the mayor or his staff had bought something from me.”
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More and more work that pays less and less
More and more work, which brings less and less, is also a problem for florist Iris Winkler. For twelve years, she ran a flower and decor items shop on Ueckerstraße 84 with great passion. “Everything has its time, and now it’s time for me to stop,” she explains. “I will miss my customers very much, but since I was born in Ueckermünde, I will of course still be in close contact with the old town.” Iris Winkler will be there for her customers through December 30th and will also be offering discounted Easter and spring merchandise at the end of the year before she closes the store door as well.
“It’s a pity for every store that closes.”
Mayor Jürgen Klewe says it’s a shame that every shop is closing. Store operators, as well as owners, usually do not find a successor. The city offers its assistance in marketing commercial buildings. All vacant shops can be listed and described on the City website under ‘Shop looking for employees’ and contact details of the owner can be provided. There are currently two stores shown there.
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