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Outdoors Store Going Out of Business

The Chester, N.Y., location will remain open.

The sign in the window at the Outdoors store announces their opening.
The sign in the window at the Outdoors store announces their opening.
After 17 years in business on the South Fork, but only five months in East Hampton, the Outdoors store will close up shop at the end of next month.

Barry Adelman, the owner of the store that moved to East Hampton Village after losing its lease in Amagansett last year, said he is not doing enough business in its new location to justify the rent — $10,000 per month.

A clearance sale has begun, and will continue through Sept. 29.

"I thought the location would be better," Adelman said of the storefront at 30 Park Place, off Reutershan's parking lot.

The two-story space was renovated after he signed a lease in November 2012, but he said the landlord didn't make good on a promise for an elevator to the second floor. "In the new location, in our lease, it does say we're supposed to get a working elevator. We didn't get one."

Adelman said the staircase is "a trek for anybody, but physically impossible for a number of people."

He said the landlord is letting him out of the lease.

Adelman's lease at 171 Main St. in Amagansett ran out in April 2012, though the store remained there through the summer after Adelman refused to leave and fought an eviction proceeding. He started a petition, signed by hundreds, to try to convince the landlords to renew his lease.

"I could look at it and be really depressed or look at it as the beginning of something new," Adelman said of his decision to close the store.

The Chester, N.Y. location will remain open.

Memberships that were sold in East Hampton will be honored online through the Chester store, Adelman said. While everything in the store is 30 percent off during the clearance sale, members enjoy 50 percent off. In fact, he said that some are even just now purchasing the $30 membership for the extra discount.
Bill Graham August 14, 2013 at 03:14 PM
:( 10K/Month? Only places like Coach and RL can afford that. Such a shame for the small retail business owner on the east end...
PJ Delia August 14, 2013 at 04:02 PM
sad.
S.B. Bonacker August 14, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Another nail in the coffin of a good local business. It's starting to make me sick. We don't need Coach, Scoop, Tahari or Ralph Lauren in our town. We need a good outdoor clothing store where we can buy our children sturdy, well made clothes for the school year. Something is very wrong if these businesses are disappearing, one by one. Do we blame greedy landlords?
Blanca Femina August 15, 2013 at 06:26 AM
I'm sad to hear this BUT... I have to say, I tried to buy something there a few weeks ago, and here's the problem I ran into: There was no posted hours, no posted telephone number, it was a few minutes after 10am (when most stores open), and the door was locked. I stood there like an idiot for 5 minutes trying to google their number (which was in Google wrong...), and finally resorted to knocking loudly. After a couple of minutes of knocking, somebody finally came out and opened the door... so obviously their hours must have started at 10. I just think that if you know that it's already going to be a tough hall to keep your business open, you (your employees) could at least put the effort in. Granted, they didn't wind up having what I was going in for... so I can't say they lost my sale due to late opening... but who knows if I was the only person who couldn't figure out if they were open, when their hours were, and what the heck their phone number was. I tried to take a card when I got in there, hoping it would have their correct number posted... but they didn't have business cards either. That said: it's sad that a long-lasting business has been forced out by high rent.
Mike August 15, 2013 at 07:01 AM
Sad...
Bruce M August 18, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Bianca you are quite mistaken and it doesn't seem that you are speaking about the correct store. THe hours are posted on a BRIGHT GREEN SHEET on the front door, and Outdoors is one of the few stores that opens at 9 am not 10. Your statement about business cards is also false as there is a card holder right by the register which has the current number and address on it. The number is also in google correctly, so before you make false statements that may question the integrity of a store or staff, I would make sure your statements hold some form of truth. With THAT BEING SAID, it is unfortunate that Outdoors is closing, it is a great store with great merchandise that just didn't work out in it's new location.
Bruce M August 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM
The only truth in your statement is that the sheet on the door doesn't have the phone number.

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