It is pathetic. And something I predicted.
While it was a combination of factors that contributed to the Sugar Sisters party store in Franklin’s decision to close, part of the reason was New Jersey’s new law banning single-use plastic bags.
I had speculated that it might be hard on stores’ ability to keep an eye out for shoplifters. Since nothing in the new law prevents a customer from purchasing items and carrying them bagless in their car, I thought it would be visually more difficult for business owners to discern who actually paid for the items.
Sure enough, a little party shop called Sugar Sisters says it was happening.
“Theft has increased with the new bag law. Working from home and out of my garage, I won’t have to worry about theft anymore,” Heather Russinko, Owner, says NJ.com.
And that’s exactly what she does. The online portion of the business will remain open while the retail space on Route 23 goes dark.
“I cried for three days in a row making this decision, but it’s the best decision we could make financially.”
Well done, Murphy. Another decision that hurt small businesses. In fact, Sugar Sisters struggled from the start. The fledgling store’s initial opening was delayed by pandemic closures. Now this.
The shop sold cookie and cake decorating supplies as well as candy and other party supplies. This is a must-have situation for you to eventually get some good business. An exact closing date will be announced towards the end of August.
The opinions expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski only.
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