GLOVERSVILLE - For the last five years Terry's Antiques livened up the city's four corners intersection with its antiques-filled display windows that were like portals to the past.
Today the windows are barren, and the store, at the corner of South Main and Fulton streets, is in the process of relocating from its downtown space to a plaza in Amsterdam.
The owners expect to open the new location next month.
The windows are barren at the former Terry’s Antiques store Wednesday.
The Leader-Herald/ Levi Pascher
In addition to the store - open since 2007 - the owners, Terry and Carolyn Brundige, recently rented storage space on Fulton Street adjacent to their shop. In this space, they could conveniently store furniture and other items that couldn't fit on the shop floor.
In October, they received a notice that the storage building needed to be vacated to make way for a gymnastics studio that would be moving in, co-owner Carolyn Brundige said.
Developer Two Great Guys own the building and Glove City Realty takes care of the business end by collecting the rent, Brundige said.
She said the notice came a week after hiring movers to put furniture in the newly rented storage location on West Fulton Street.
A phone call to Mike Teetz of Glove City Realty was not immediately returned this morning.
The store was using the facility to hold 46 pieces of furniture that couldn't easily be moved to a secure location, and because they were not under lease, the owners were left with no choice but to move the merchandise to additional storage units.
"We don't have a lease for either of the buildings, so that means they could pull the rug out from under us again when a better offer is on the table," Brundige said. "We thought it was time to go with plan B."
Glove City Realty did not return phone calls seeking comment about the gymnastics studio or possible businesses that may move into the antiques store once it is cleared.
The antiques store will move to Miller's Plaza in Amsterdam-between Town and Country Meat and Cheese and Tru Colors Salon near the intersection of Route 30 and Maple Avenue.
She said the new location is about the same size and will offer more traffic, but the walk-in traffic will be limited compared to its location in downtown Gloversville.
"This move has nothing to do with the city of Gloversville or business in the area," said Brundige. "We just felt it was time to go with a different location for security [of rental agreements] reasons."
She said the new store in Amsterdam should open within the month of December.
The opening date will depend on how quickly they can transport and set up inventory in the new location.
"I am not thrilled about leaving here because we were doing OK and met a lot of nice people," said Brundige. She also said the new location will take additional travel time. The couple was used to living within walking distance of the location on Main Street.
Brundige said the antique business has been slow, and the past year yielded lower profits than recent years. She credited that to the overall economy more than the financial state of the local area.
The store still will offer a selection of furniture, glassware, collectables and continue buying gold, sterling silver flatware, coins and jewelry, Brundige said. The new store hours will be Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Levi Pascher covers Gloversville news. He can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.