Epstein's Joppatowne store closing

December 28, 1990|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Evening Sun Staff

The Epstein's department store in Joppatowne, which employs 30 people, is closing its doors, according to the store manager.

Employees were notified about the closing on Wednesday, said the manager, who would not divulge his name.

Several of the employees have worked at the store at 1036 Joppa Farm Road since it opened at that location 21 years ago.

"A lot of the employees are pretty sad," the manager said.

The closing leaves Epstein's with seven stores in the area.

The manager said all of the employees have been offered jobs at other Epstein's stores, but many are expected to decline the offers because they don't want to work in other parts of the Baltimore area.

"But I have one spunky 77-year-old woman who wants a letter of recommendation," he said.

After the close of business today, most of the store's merchandise will be moved to other Epstein's locations, the manager said. The Joppatowne store will be open on Monday to sell the goods remaining in the furniture department.

No one from Epstein's headquarters on Eastern Avenue was available to comment.

Epstein's, which was founded in 1926, is Maryland's oldest family-owned general merchandise retailer.

The company operated as many as 11 stores in the Baltimore area in recent years.

In the last two years, the company has closed its stores on Light Street, Gay Street and in the Westminster Shopping Center.

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