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December 14, 2013

Shuttering The Shed

Local retailer plans to close after more than 40 years in business


The 90s were the most exciting time to be in retail, Wayne Masterson said.

"That was probably our fastest pace in our 41 years," he said. "There have always been trends to follow, even in the 70s and 80s. But in the 90s — those were the good years."

Five employees will lose their jobs with the store's closing, including two family members — Ryan Masterson, his son, and his wife Debra Masterson.

"By the time we leave, I will have worked here 20 years," Ryan Masterson said. "I have never worked anywhere else."

But Ryan Masterson said he is not worried about his future.

Wayne Masterson said he knew his son had no plans to carry on the family business.

"Today, with the cost of business — I own the building and do a lot of the sewing — that all eats into the bottom line and it's no secret that the economy has been tough," he said.

Wayne Masterson said he as a few interested parties in buying or leasing his building. The building has been a butcher shop, a tax service and a beauty salon through the years, offering an ideal location for business along Scatterfield Road.

"The building will probably not be yellow in the future," he said with a laugh.

Father and son were working together in the store this week and reminisced about some of the funny memories they had made over the years.

There was the time a shoplifter was tackled in a neighboring parking lot and then there were the women who stole merchandise from one of Masterson's locations, only to stop in afterward to shop at the Scatterfield Road location.

"One of the other stores called up and said they had been ripped off real bad," Wayne Masterson said. "The manager at that time was Bill Jackson and he was talking to the other store when the girls came in. While they were inside, he went out and stole our merchandise back.

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