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Wolfe's antiques, memorabilia sold at auction, but not the building

June 22, 2011|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com
  • Much of Wolfe's on the Square's antiques, advertising signs and other memorabilia were sold at an auction Friday, but the property wasn't sold.
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WILLIAMSPORT — Much of Wolfe’s on the Square sold at an auction — but not the property itself.

Thomas Bikle of J.G. Cochran Auctioneers & Associates Ltd., which held Friday’s auction, said someone bid $220,000 on the property.

Owner Jack Slick rejected that bid, so the sale wasn’t completed.

“It’s worth a whole lot more than that,” Slick said Wednesday.

Wolfe’s on the Square, at 1 W. Potomac St. in Williamsport, opened as a lunch counter in 1921.

Slick recently closed the shop — which sold hardware, liquor and fishing supplies, among other things — after running it for 51 years.

Cochran Auctioneers sold antiques, advertising signs and other memorabilia from the shop.

Slick now is working to clear out other items and junk that accumulated over the years.

He said he is considering renting the six apartments upstairs. He kept them vacant while the store was open.

He might sell the building through a real estate agent, or he might hold onto it and lease it.

“Times are terrible,” Slick said. “People don’t have any money.”

Before deciding what to do next, he and his family will “catch our breath,” he said.

He said his friend Don Bowman is interested in obtaining the liquor license.

As of Wednesday, Bowman hadn’t filed a formal application to the Washington Board of License Commissioners, known as the liquor board.

A question about the possible license transfer was referred to Cindy Joiner, chief financial officer for The Bowman Group. She didn’t return a message left on her answering machine.

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