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Family business Templeton's closing after 150 years in St. John's


Templeton's will be holding a liquidation sale beginning Nov. 29, with plans to close after 150 years of history in downtown St. John's.

The store has signs on the doors stating the plans for closure, with the voicemail directing customers to the "huge liquidation sale."

"The reason why we're closing is because of poor sales," said Dave Templeton, who quickly added it is not just a decline at the downtown retail space.

The company is also a distributor for Laurentide Paint, working with 30 hardware and home improvement stores throughout the province.

"We can tell you that business all across the province has just a huge wet blanket on it right now," he said, speaking specifically to the home improvement supplies.

Templeton's will be holding a news conference Monday morning.

The family business dates back to the 1860s, with the first "Templeton" storefront in 1863, as the company's website notes.

Templeton's was originally a general merchant business, but began specializing in 1922 on wallpaper, paint and floor coverings, under Robert Arthur (R. A. Templeton).

The shop has remained in the family and was the last of the 19th century merchants maintaining a presence beside St. John's harbour.

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The store has signs on the doors stating the plans for closure, with the voicemail directing customers to the "huge liquidation sale."

"The reason why we're closing is because of poor sales," said Dave Templeton, who quickly added it is not just a decline at the downtown retail space.

The company is also a distributor for Laurentide Paint, working with 30 hardware and home improvement stores throughout the province.

"We can tell you that business all across the province has just a huge wet blanket on it right now," he said, speaking specifically to the home improvement supplies.

Templeton's will be holding a news conference Monday morning.

The family business dates back to the 1860s, with the first "Templeton" storefront in 1863, as the company's website notes.

Templeton's was originally a general merchant business, but began specializing in 1922 on wallpaper, paint and floor coverings, under Robert Arthur (R. A. Templeton).

The shop has remained in the family and was the last of the 19th century merchants maintaining a presence beside St. John's harbour.

 telegram@thetelegram.com

 

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