Bakersfield clothing store closing doors after 32 years of business

Store in business for 32 years

After 32 years of selling clothing and accessories to women all over Bakersfield, Pappagallo boutique owners decided to close their doors.


"We've had such a wonderful experience with so many nice people because of Bakersfield. That's what we regret the most," Dick Jennings, a co-owner, said.


Jennings and his wife, Nancy, have decided to retire from retail and said it's an ever-changing business.


"The presence of the Internet and competition, which is good, keeps things at a different course of action than what you once had," Jennings said.


Other local community staples have also shut down in the last year like the Green Frog Market, King Leo's Pizza and Cay Health Foods. Jeff Gutting, an independent contractor, said it's a sign of the times.


"It used to be about 40 percent of our business was quitting business sales and now it's probably in the realm of 70 to 80 percent," Gutting said.


It's not just the clothing and great prices the customers will miss.


"I have come here over the years but my mother in law was quite elderly and used to come here all the time and they took such great care of here so I wanted to come by and thank them," Gail Scarazzo, a customer, said.


Jennings said working with customers on a daily basis is what he will miss the most.


"By and large, it's the people here and the city that are so nice and whom we appreciate so much," Jennings said.


Everything in the store is currently 50 percent off until the store closes in September.

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