Sunday, January 31, 2016
NORTHAMPTON — The King Street adult shop that had been scheduled to close earlier this month will remain open through Valentine’s Day, according to an official with the corporation based in Cranston, Rhode Island.
Citing continued support and interest from the community in the sex toys, lingerie and adult videos sold at the 6,000-square-foot store, Brandon Wainwright, vice president of retail operations for Amazing.Net, issued a statement that the 135 King St. would stay in business for an additional month.
“Northampton is a really wonderful place,” Wainwright said. “Plus our store is as busy as ever, busier than usual, actually.”
Instead of closing Jan. 9, as signs posted at the entrances had indicated, Amazing.Net will instead shut down after the close of business on Feb. 14.
“It’s just that maintaining our large space and property has become a bit too costly, so we are considering other options,” Wainwright said.
The store opened in December 2007 after more than a year of controversy following an announcement it would be seeking various permits, and zoning changes adopted by the city prohibiting viewing booths and live entertainment at the site.
Wainwright added that the store has been a good tenant with no police responses and that anyone under the age of 18 has been prohibited from entering. He also appreciates that landlord Barry Goldberg of Longmeadow publicly expressed support for the tasteful window displays and upkeep of the interior and exterior.
“Stores like ours are always under scrutiny, and we are grateful that our efforts have not gone unnoticed,” Wainwright said. “Our landlord has been very professional and we appreciate his kind words.”
Amazing.Net, run by Capital Video Corp., operates 28 stores in seven states.
The building is currently for lease. According to an online listing, the lease would be $13 per square foot for a year, or $80,600 annually, and includes 25 parking spaces behind the building.
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