By Carol Tannenhauser
We were supremely confident when we received the email and photo from tipster Tom on Friday, saying, “New Pioneer sign being installed this am…does not appear to be neon.” As we punched in Pioneer’s number, we were sure the manager we reached would tell us that the sign is temporary, until the 45-year-old neon one that was removed on March 15 is repaired. That’s what we were told when we first reported the story.
But no, the manager said, “That’s the final sign.”
“What happened to the neon?” we asked, accusingly, as if he were responsible for this outcome. “They were going to repair it.”
“Lady,” he replied. “That’s all I know. It’s the final sign. Call back at noon and talk to the management.”
“Who…?” we began, but he hung up.”
We turned to our tipster for further information. Tom emailed back, “Spoke to the manager after I snapped the picture. He said the sign is LED, and that it was really hard to find someone to repair the old neon sign and a new one is super expensive.”
We’ll update when we reach the management.
Update, 2:25 pm: It’s not a new sign! it’s the old sign! “They just put a waterproof cover over the letters, because they shorted out everytime it rained,” said Adam, the afternoon manager. It is his understanding that “the neon is underneath.”
Neon or LED? We’ll let you know what the night manager says. Or you can take a look for yourself. “It’ll go on when it gets dark,” Adam said.
Let us know!