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Premiere Costumes is hanging it up after 46 years in business in Carytown

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another longtime local Richmond business with the impending closure of the store, in business since 1974.

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From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Premiere Costumes, which has been a retail fixture in Carytown since 1974, is closing.

“It has been a fantastic part of the community. But for a lot of reasons, I just couldn’t make it work,” owner Chelee Lattimore said Wednesday about closing the costume shop.

“I’m really upset about this,” she said. “I don’t want to do this, but I have to do this. We were already having a hard time and the pandemic made it worse.”

Sales during October should have been one of the strongest months of the year for Premiere Costumes because consumers typically spend a lot on Halloween costumes. But sales fell about 50% last month compared with October 2019, Lattimore said.

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