The Exchange at North Creek, as seen in August 2012
Photo by Andy Flynn.
continued Phone calls were not returned by the railway; however, the company issued a press release stating the reason for the store’s closure.
“The Saratoga & North Creek Railway is a transportation company at our core. As we look to continue the expansion of our own operations, it is important that we focus our efforts on the overall goal to service the public as a full-time passenger rail service operation. Unfortunately, The Exchange does not fit into our organization’s overall objectives at this time and will be closed effective immediately. The retail space will revert back to the landlord.”
Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Salamon said she heard on Feb. 6 the business was closed, with artworks and products still inside waiting to be picked up by the artists.
“It’s disappointing to see any type of business close in this downward economy, and it’s sad to see this store closing,” Salamon said. “It brought a great energy to the downtown and had great things inside.”
The Exchange was a retail outlet with a purpose; it also hosted public programs and workshops, mostly led by artists who sold items there.
In its release, the Saratoga & North Creek Railway officials said they “look forward to supporting new business opportunities for North Creek and existing businesses throughout downtown as we continue to expand service to the Adirondacks.”
As she looks for a new job, Cameron is trying to stay positive.
“We were very grateful to all of our artists and to have them be a part of our venture,” Cameron said.