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Plains Paper Will Close After 60 Years; Retirement Sale Planned

January 3, 2019
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Plains Paper Will Close After 60 Years; Retirement Sale Planned

PLAINS TWP. — After more than 60 years in business, Plains Paper on West Carey Street has closed and a retirement sale will be held in the future.

Karen Rubasky, 57, who owned the business with her cousin Michael Florio, said she is starting a new job and “new adventure.” She will post the dates of a retirement sale on the business’ Facebook page and on the sign outside the store at the end of January or beginning of February, she said.

Her father, the late Joseph Florio, and her uncles John Florio and the late James Florio started the business in 1956 at 109 West Carey St. in Plains Twp.

In the 1990s, Rubasky and her cousin took over the business that sells paper products and party supplies.

Rubasky said a change in buying practices is one of the reasons for the closing. She said people are buying party supplies cheaper at dollar stores and Walmart as well as Amazon.

“Amazon is taking a big chunk out of everybody’s pocket,” Rubasky said. “It’s really difficult to compete when you’re a small business that has been family run since 1956.”

Rubasky said people often choose to buy party supplies for $1 at dollar stores and they don’t want to spend additional money even it’s $1 more and better quality.

 

Many people do not consider party supplies durable goods and if they are using them for a one-time party, they don’t want to spend more than $1 on each item, she said.

Rubasky added many loyal customers also have patronized her business over the years and she thanked them for their support.

“We had very good customers and I became friends with a lot of people. I’ll miss the customers,” she said. “I would just like to thank them for their years of support and let them know we appreciate their patronage and thank you.”

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