Owner of Schmidt's Market says there is still some hope that beloved Southampton business will reopen
Loyal customers of Schmidt's Market are hoping the beloved business will make a return.
The family-run store in the village of Southampton closed over the weekend, but the owner says people are still coming in hopes it will open again.
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"The last two weeks before we closed was very emotional because people were saying goodbye," Dennis Schmidt says.
The owner says the rent became too high and they had no choice but to close.
Many were unaware that the market is now closed and have been stopping by.
"It's a landmark - I've been coming here since I was a child," says Brett King, of Sag Harbor.
Dennis Schmidt says there is still a glimmer of hope that the business will remain where it has always been.
"A bunch of people have called and said they were interested in buying it and I'm not sure where it's at this point," Dennis Schmidt says. "We're just keep our fingers crossed"
He says they have until Nov. 30 to be completely out of the building so if their prayers are answered and they get somebody to but the property and lease it to them, they would need around two weeks to restock and reopen.
King says wherever they end up, he'll continue being a customer.
The owner says his customers still come up and hug him when they see him. He says they tell him to hang in there and hope someone will step up for them.