Costume Store Closing After 114 Years

Costume Store Closing After 114 Years

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Kim Johnson ReportingA Salt Lake landmark is closing its doors after 114 years. Salt Lake Costume, on 11th east and 17th south, will auction off all its inventory tomorrow.

Ever since news of the store closing, business has been brisk. Today shoppers were rummaging through racks and racks of costumes and hats, hoping to find a treasure to wear for Halloween, or a costume party, while theatrical types were here finding clothing for upcoming stage productions.

Why is it closing? The owner credits several factors. For one, the building has been sold to new owners and Thad Hansen says rather than relocate the business, he's made the painful decision to give up the 18 hour days he puts in regularly, to spend more time with family.

Thad Hansen, Owner/Salt Lake Costume: "I'm not an old many by any means, but I didn't want to make myself old by continuing like that, and the costume business is demanding."

Hansen says it's so demanding, he wasn't able to find a buyer.

The auction begins at 10:00 tomorrow morning. The auction company Erkelens and Olson expects the inventory to go fast, especially with Halloween just around the corner.

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