Wall

wall3Maybe not that day but yeah, at the end, the wall probably will be put on sale.

And even if, for some reason, this specific wall in this specific store won’t, it’s hardly a “weird offer,” as I’d expect somebody who worked in retail (or who ever saw a going-out-of-business sale) to know.

6 Comments

  1. Do you recall the Serendipity restaurant in New York, where things like the furniture and flatware were considered also to be for sale?

  2. Well, my grandpa once bought up all the shelving from our local grocery store when it went out of business and built my grandma one heck of a library with them. Asking if even the wall is for sale makes sense, in that context.

  3. The store owner will want to sell the “fixtures” (a word that has different meaning in legal and retail contexts, here I’m using the retail term because selling the fixtures in the legal meaning doesn’t make sense.) all together. Shelves, display cases, islands, and freezer cases for grocery retailers…sometimes lighting… most likely to another retailer or to a business that that supports retailers. They rarely sell these types of things one-at-a-time. First off, the window for removal is often very narrow. The store keeps using the fixtures right up until they have to vacate. Second, they’d prefer a bid for everything because that way they know it’s all sold. If the owner of a store has fixtures left over when they don’t run a store anymore, they incur storage costs, and they’d prefer to avoid that.

  4. They rarely sell these types of things one-at-a-time.

    That might be true for independent stores. But when a chain
    closes individual stores, they usually turn to third parties to
    run the “store closing” sale. These sales can run for months,
    with fixtures entering the sale as they’re freed up. I’ve bought
    fixtures from both a Sack’s and a Penney’s.

    It’s true that there is a narrow removal window, and they made
    certain I knew about it before accepting my money.

    I didn’t buy anything at the Williams & Sonoma store-closing
    sale, because even at those discounts, what they were selling
    was way above my budget. But, those things *did* include
    fixtures. If you bought a fixture, you had to wait until the
    store actually closed before you could pick it up.

  5. @ Mitch4 (1) – There’s a German TV Chef (Steffen Henssler) who includes a “top-ten” list of items that have been stolen from his restaurant (as part of his on stage routine). The most incredible item in the list was one of the “fixtures”: the “privacy wall” between two of the urinals in the men’s bathroom.

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