The Children’s Store in Chapel Hill announced it will be closing this summer after 40 years of business.
Becky Broun, the daughter of The Children’s Store’s founder, said that the store had been moving toward shutting down for several years because of the challenges of being a small business in such a competitive climate. Other factors began to surface which made closing the store more critical.
“Several things happened all at once,” Broun said. “My mom really wanted to retire, since she is 78 years old. Our store manager also wants to retire, and my husband got ill, so I was completely distracted with wanting to help him.”
Broun also said other administrative factors, such as lease renewal and building renovations led to their ultimate decision to close.
“This business needs an influx of energy and money which we didn’t have to give,” she said.