By Cherri Gregg

MARLTON, N.J. (CBS) — The G Boys Plaza, located on Route 70 in Marlton, NJ, has closed its doors. And the landmark will leave a hole in the community.

Since the 1950s, G-Boys Garden and Christmas Center was a centerpiece of South Jersey, and it was the place to be the day after Christmas says Joe Di, who lives in the area.

“I have four children, and that was one of the things you did right after Thanksgiving, you took your kids to G-Boys to go see Santa Claus, to go and walk through their Christmas animation, to go buy Christmas gifts and go buy supplies,” he told KYW Newsradio.

Di works at American Discount Fence; the store rented space at G Boys five years ago. Di says his store did extremely well in the location, so he was sad but not surprised when G Boys’ owner, Ralph Gaudio, told him the plaza was up for sale.

“I think it is pretty obvious why they were closing, because you can see the economy doing to them what the economy is doing to a lot of small businesses.”

Dee says Gaudio was a good landlord and G Boys was a great addition to South Jersey.

“They took pride in the type of business that they were, which was servicing the community with their garden center, bird center, and in addition to that, when they had the holiday seasons.  Whether it was Easter or Halloween or Christmas time, many people would come there.”

G Boys’ owner Ralph Gaudio could not be reached for comment.

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