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Loft Appeal Closing 9th & Hill Store After April Incident

By blogdowntown Staff
Published: Thursday, May 21, 2009, at 11:48AM

Loft Appeal plans to close its store at 9th & Hill in response to the April 26 altercation between partner Ron Senger and employees of Fiesta Broadway.

Loft Appeal's Rich Reams yesterday sent this statement to blogdowntown via email.

Loft Appeal announces that they will be closing their Hill street store by the end of the summer. Although we have seen an increase in business over the past few months, we are closing because of the recent events where partner Ron Senger was beaten by 5 employees of an event downtown. Although this event only happens once a year, we now fear for our lives, and further retaliation from members of this group. We feel that this area is not ready for retail, because the city can not guarantee even the most basic infrastructure to its businesses and residents. We feel our civil rights have been violated, and can not live or work where this is allowed. We are disappointed with certain city officials who have allowed the abuses to residents and businesses to continue year after year. We will continue to serve downtown from our other location on Hewitt, but are evaluating our future in downtown.

The store had been one of the early pioneers in Downtown retail. In June of 2008 Reams and Senger opened their second location, in the Arts District.

Editor's Note: Comments on the April incident were quite heated, and conversation on this thread will be watched closely. Be civil.

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