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Cameron meets closure with a smile

AMHERST – Is it a good news story?

The owner of Gordon’s Ladies Wear would like it to be.

“We’ve had a wonderful run,” said Mary Lynn Cameron.

The clothing store in the Amherst Centre Mall is closing. The proprietor praised the loyal customers she served, as well as her staff. The store was open 30 years. Now she anticipates a busy retirement.

But despite her statement that “it’s time” to close shop, it’s not entirely clear Gordon’s is going out the way she wanted.

She talked about the difficulties faced by independent shops. People travel more, according to Cameron, and big box stores have made it more difficult for the small players. The owner said the Amherst Centre Mall has been a “pretty dismal” retail environment since Zeller’s left.

She spoke about earlier years. At one point Gordon’s had locations in Parrsboro and Sackville, as well as Amherst (the business began in Parrsboro). The store’s first location was at the Amherst Town Square. She said it had lots of independent shops at the time.

She cautioned the community: If people want things in small towns – if they want local organizations supported – they need to support local businesses.

The woman wanted to stay positive. The store closes at the end of the month. She said they’re offering big markdowns in the interim.

When asked what her next step would be, she didn’t know.

“I’ll come up with something,” she said.


Organizations: Gordon's, Ladies Wear, Amherst Town Square

Geographic location: Parrsboro

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  • Giggedy Giggedy
    January 16, 2013 - 12:28

    Only in Amherst. Businesses closing constantly, very little development. But yet we've got a spend thrift town council that raises taxes, gives themselves raises, spends money on a new town hall we didn't need and decorates the town. Anybody else see anything wrong with this picture?

  • mike
    January 16, 2013 - 07:42

    I so hope that you are able to enjoy your retirement, you have certainly worked hard and so deserve it. On a side note, nothing to do with this story but in response to the many who talk about shopping locally.......We try, on Christmas Eve day, around 2:00 PM I tried to buy flowers locally but guess what, nothing open. I then motored to Victoria Street to purchase something at one of the local businesses there, guess what??? Also closed. I realize that these folks have families and want to spend time with them but to close at noon on Christmas Eve, not what I had expected !!!!! Hard to shop locally when the stores aren't open.

  • Bill Trewin
    January 16, 2013 - 04:23

    Mary Lynn Sorry to see this happen. Wish you all the best in the future, Bill

  • Just Sayin
    January 15, 2013 - 21:21

    While I seldom comment on stories, this evening I felt compelled after reading of the departure of yet another well loved and highly respected business from the community, I like others have similar concerns over the announcement of two law enforcement positions leaving the area, however, remind the reader that while perhaps not paying as well, we have seen numerous jobs depart Amherst during this past year, and these jobs were equally as important. Perhaps like an employer, the town should look at developing a business exit assessment, where owners could comment freely, making recommendations which could be beneficial to our elected officials and town staff. Now as we enter 2013 with what appears to be little prospect of new industry in the near future, we must find reasons and ways to bring people to Amherst, and unfortunately being a beautiful little town with amazingly friendly businesses and people is not enough. We need to examine how and to whom this town is being marketed to and what would make a person want to visit, set up a business or perhaps live and work in Amherst, Nova Scotia.

  • Beth Nuttall
    January 15, 2013 - 13:55

    Such a shame, yet another small business folding in our area.....Have a wonderful retirement Marylynn, you certainly have earned it! More Grandma time for you! :)