Ketchikan music store closes

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2001

After more than a decade in business, the doors to a downtown Ketchikan store closed quietly but firmly last week.

"I definitely had a tear in my eye when I locked the door for the last time," Physical Graffiti owner Lance Bifoss said Wednesday.

February would have been the 11th anniversary of the music store, said Bifoss. Up until this year, he said, business was pretty good.

"The mill closure (in 1997) was definitely a factor," he said. "As was losing our tourist industry to outside corporations. But ... it was pretty decent up until this winter."

With the current economy, people are more careful with their money, he said, and music is a luxury item. Bifoss said he had been "kicking around" the idea of closing shop for a while. Then he received an offer for his entire stock.

"I thought is was very serendipitous," he said. "It just seemed like a good opportunity to take the reins and do something else."

There was no fanfare or big going-out-of-business sale. Bifoss said he wishes he could have said good-bye to his customers that way, but the offer was too good to turn down.

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