April Glass closes as the Internet takes a bite out of sales
The owner of April Glass has decided to close her store and leave the brick-and-mortar retail business for good.
Patrice Lee, the owner, is currently holding a closing sale at her 43-20 40th Street location. Once the items—consisting of gifts, frames, jewelry and artwork– are sold she will close the store and focus on Internet sales.
“To do a brick and mortar retail business with profit is not easy,” Lee said, adding that it getting harder as consumers continue to buy online. “When I heard the latest Internet sales figures, I knew it was time [to close].”
Lee said she will continue to conduct some of her business online and is planning to wholesale some of her own jewelry through stores.
April Glass has been a Sunnyside fixture for more than a decade.
Lee launched the business in 1996 when she started to hand paint glass items in her Celtic Park apartment and sell them wholesale at showrooms. She then operated out of a small office in the Celtics and began dabbling in retailing, before making the move to Queens Blvd.
Lee operated April Glass at 44-09 Queens Blvd from 2003 through 2011. She decided to move to the 40th Street location two years ago to lower her rent.
In an e-mail to customers on Friday, Lee wrote:
“It has been a pleasure serving you! To all of you who followed us, and continued to support our efforts in Sunnyside, we want you to know your business has been greatly appreciated!”