After 56 years in enterprise, Gerri Bridal Shoppe in Pittston is closing Saturday.
Owner Judy Monko, 71, an Exeter resident, stated the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on enterprise and he or she determined to retire.
When weddings have been canceled, she stated that left her “stuck with a ton of dresses” and monetary losses.
She stated wasn’t in a position to get monetary assist from the federal government besides a mortgage from the U.S. Small Business Administration. She additionally hasn’t been in a position to rent sufficient staff and has been working 65 hours per week, she stated.
Monko stated closing the bridal store after 56 years is “bittersweet” however she determined it was time.
“Financially and emotionally, it’s bittersweet because I really loved doing this,” Monko stated. “The pandemic killed me and I’m still having trouble with manufacturers. As a small business owner, I wasn’t able to get help. I’m putting in way too many hours and I just said it’s time. It was getting to be too much.”
While she is retiring from the bridal store, she stated she could pursue a profession in little one care.
Her mom, the late Regina Jerrytone, began the bridal store and Monko stated she has been there from the start. It was previously positioned at 174 N. Main St. in Pittston and moved to 48 S. Main St. in Pittston six years in the past.
Everything from robes to jewellery, purses, veils and equipment at Gerri Bridal Shoppe is marked down 40% off. She is also promoting the fixtures, racks and cabinets.
The bridal store shall be open for its closing gross sales from 10 a.m. to six p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.