Naperville business owners have felt the weight of the economy in recent years, and many are taking drastic measures to stay afloat.
The popular Canterbury Shoppe has moved across town in effort to increase business and bring life back to the Jefferson Hill site.
When Pamela Patton bought the Canterbury Shoppe in November, she had many new ideas for her store. The most important was relocating to a location she loved. Even though Patton acknowledges other retail tenants have struggled before.
“It is a new beginning, its also a new beginning for Jefferson Hill because they were really, a bit slower over the last couple of years. You know, its such a fantastic building, just the whole charm… its a wonderful fit,” said Patton.
Patton’s Jackson Avenue lease expired in June, which meant packing and loading all of the store’s nick-nacks and moving them to the restored greek-revival mansion on Jefferson Street. Patton hopes the move will pump new life into the business and the Jefferson Hill area.
Jefferson Hill Property Manager, John Guill said,” Honestly with the economy, we had a lot of the boutiques close in the end of 2006, early 2007. A lot of people said they were going to retire with the way the economy was changing. So there was a lull in the action for a while.”
The real question now is whether the Canterbury Shoppe can turn that retail lull around. Pamela Patton belives her dream will encourage others and revive a site once considered a sales hot-spot in Naperville.
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