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Local stores fall victim to the battered economy

This Wilson Farms in Peru, along with a store in Plattsburgh, will close at the month’s end due to disappointing sales.

This Wilson Farms in Peru, along with a store in Plattsburgh, will close at the month’s end due to disappointing sales.

The Peru and Plattsburgh Wilson Farms stores were nearing the end of their leases and experiencing disappointing sales.

The Peru store is cut off by two other retail stores, with a Mobile on one side, just off the I-87, that features a Dunkin Donuts, Subway and convenience store, and a Stewart's on the other side that Glushko said seems to get the majority of business in town.

"The competition, I guess, just finally did them in."

Losing a business is sad, but it is understandable, given the economy, Glushko said.

"You can understand exactly what is going on with downsizing from corporations," he said. "7-Eleven bought them and there is not much you can do about corporate decisions."

7-Eleven Director of Public Relations Margaret Chabris stressed that rather than wider closings, the corporation is on an accelerated growth plan.

“We expect to add at least 600 new stores this year in the U.S. and Canada through traditional development in markets where we have stores that are doing well, or through acquisitions, as we have recently done in Charlotte, N.C.”

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