Scaffolding drives business owners batty because it casts their storefronts into shadow and makes it hard to draw customers. Some even blame it for forcing them to go out of business. So when scaffolding finally comes down it’s time to party — or at least shop.
One business owner who has complained for years about scaffolding is now celebrating its removal with a special “no more scaffolds” sale. Frank Stella Clothiers, on 81st street and Columbus Avenue, is holding a sale with items up to 60% off to mark the occasion. The store says it wants to reward customers who have given him “extraordinary loyalty and patience” during (literally) dark times.
Last year owner John Hellings held a “scaffolding sale” to move all the unsold merchandise that had piled up as sales dropped. He said that the scaffolding had gone up in April 2015 and had resulted in monthly sales falling by 18%.
Thanks to Carol Collitti Levine for the sale images and Carol Tannenhauser for the building image.