After greater than 15 years of serving the group’s tech wants, an area laptop retailer is closing its doorways.
Tiny Planet Laptop at 50 Maplewood Ave. is ceasing all operations efficient Oct. 29, a sufferer of ongoing struggles introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This yr acquired off to a rocky begin,” proprietor Steven Day wrote to the shoppers earlier this week. “In March we virtually closed our doorways as a result of a downturn in enterprise because of the pandemic. By means of beneficiant donations comprised of lots of our superb prospects we have been in a position to preserve our doorways open and the lights on.”
“Sadly, enterprise by no means returned to wherever close to pre-pandemic ranges,” he wrote.
Day was not accessible for remark by the publication deadline for this story.
Earlier this yr, Day informed the Occasions that Tiny Planet’s hottest service pre-pandemic was on-site repairs — which decreased by as much as 70% throughout the onset of the pandemic. Day needed to let go of his No. 1 assist tech to attempt to make ends meet.
Now, persons are starting to return to work and the complexities of distant studying have been ironed out.
Earlier than making the choice to shut up store for good, Day had made a final cry for assist via a GoFundMe fundraiser in early March.
Although the group got here out and raised greater than $9,000, it simply wasn’t sufficient for the long run.
With a month left till the store closes, Day wrote to prospects that Tiny Planet is not going to be performing any home calls after Oct. 17, repairs can be carried out with remaining inventory solely, and the store is just not inserting any particular orders for components or computer systems.
He additionally wrote that every one in-stock retail gadgets are instantly discounted to 30% off and all gross sales are remaining, the shop is simply accepting money or bank card funds, and retailer fixtures are on the market at a really cheap value.
In accordance with Tiny Planet’s web site, tinyplanetcomputer.com, any fixtures bought have to be paid for prematurely and have to be picked up no later than Oct. 29 at 5 p.m.
“We wish to thank all our prospects in your assist and reward over the past 15 years,” the workforce wrote to its prospects. “Throughout this transition we can be searching for a restore store that we will refer everybody to.”
Workers author Taylor Ann Bradford could also be contacted at 978-675-2705, [email protected] or on Twitter at TayBradford97.