Reporting Brad Segall
By Brad Segall
PIPERSVILLE, Pa. (CBS) – It may be a sign of the times. A tough economy for retail businesses over the past couple of years has apparently taken its toll on a mom-and-pop business in Bucks County that’s been around for more than three decades.
Much to the dismay of their long-time customers, Piper Classics, a staple in the Pipersville community for 35 years, will be closing the doors at its retail location in March of next year.
It’s a bit of a change in their business model with plans to focus more on building their online and catalog business.
Owner David Chittick says a changing retail climate has kept profit margins down. He says they’ll miss their employees and their customers.
“That’s the difficult part that we are right in the middle of right now, is saying goodbye to many of those people. Really it’s been very sad to have to deal with their sadness at this point,” says Chittick.
The store specializes in home décor and gifts, but Chittick says they will not be selling their signature large furniture online. This will also be the last time customers can see their breathtaking Christmas displays.