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Thursday, June 18, 1992 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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J.K. Gill Liquidating Downtown Everett Store

EVERETT

J.K. Gill in downtown Everett will close its doors July 3.

The store, which has been at the corner of Colby Avenue and Wall Street for 20 years, is selling its inventory at half off in a liquidation sale.

J.K. Gill's parent company, Brodart Corp. in Williamsport, Pa.,

made the decision to close this location. Store manager Christy Peterman said Brodart considered a variety of factors, including the deterioration of downtown Everett's retail core, J.K. Gill's overall strategy to locate in malls and the expiration of the store's lease.

J.K. Gill stores already are located in Everett Mall and Alderwood Mall. The downtown Everett location is one of the only stores in the chain not located in a mall, Peterman says.

"Sales weren't super-great, but they weren't that bad . . .," Peterman says. "The community is disappointed. They don't want us to leave."

The approximately 3,000-square-foot stationery-and-office-supply store has five employees. Peterman and another worker will be transferred to other J.K. Gill stores. The other three workers do not want to commute to other stores and will look for different employment, Peterman says.

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