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Merchandise taken from D.E. Jones

January 06, 2000

The last of the merchandise in D.E. Jones, a discount variety store at 50 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown, was being removed Thursday, but a company regional manager said the store will probably reopen around April.

The store closed and its five employees were laid off Monday morning. Brown paper covers the doors and windows of the empty store.

Jeffrey Morse, a company regional manager, said Thursday there wasn't enough foot traffic in downtown Hagerstown to sustain the business.

He also complained about insufficient parking in the downtown.

The store, which is part of a chain of about 150 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, opened in downtown Hagerstown in the spring of 1998.

Morse said there's a "99.9 percent chance we'll reopen around April or so."

He said it hasn't been decided whether the company will remodel the store space, bring in a different kind of merchandise or make other changes.

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- Dan Kulin

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