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April 17 2017
By Hilde Kate Lysiak
Selinsgrove is about to lose another business. This time a popular gun store is closing.
High Velocity Firearms will be shutting its doors for good by the end of April because people want to buy things online and no one wants to go to stores, owner John Margel told the Orange Street News.
“Retail businesses can’t compete with online,” Margel told OSN.
High Velocity has been a popular Market Street destination for gun buyers since first opening back in 2011.
“I’m sad,” said Margel. “It is not something I wanted to do.”
Margel added that community leaders could be also be doing more to help small businesses survive. He thinks some fresh blood would be helpful.
“Selinsgrove needs new people who want to help small business,” said Margel.
The closing is bad news for Selinsgrove.
An Orange Street News investigation revealed that out of the forty-seven store fronts on Market Street between West Pine and University Avenue nearly one fifth are empty or for rent and that number doesn’t include the buildings that are houses or apartments.
In December, Michael’s, the only diner in Selinsgrove, told the OSN that the Borough Council “doesn’t care about business” before shutting it’s doors for good.
Domenico Napoli, who owns Bella’s Pizzeria on Market Street, believes that one of the reasons businesses might be closing is that too many people are skipping the downtown and shopping at the strip or the mall.
“You need to do something different downtown rather than have the same items all the time. There is no variety. There is no reason why someone would come downtown and shop because there is nothing to shop for anymore. A shoe store, anything that would attract the female demographic area. You know if the woman wants to shop the husband will follow,” said Napoli.
However, at the beginning of the year it appeared that business might be making a come back.
Despite the bad news Margel isn’t done with his business goals.
“I am ready for a new adventure,” he said.