Another vacant store on Laurel Street, only a hand scrawled sign on the door reading, “5-21-11: Alta Clothing has now closed all stores. Thank you for many years of support.” No signature.
Inside, only odds and ends remain: some wire mannequins, an oversized vase, a few decorative chairs.
Alta’s sudden closure took people by surprise, including many of its loyal customers, recommended by one reviewer on Yelp for the, “I’m not a teeny bopper, but still want to be stylish” set.
Unless you happened to wander in during its final days, when clothes were drastically marked down, you wouldn’t have known owner Rhonda Lackmann planned to shutter the SC shop offering mid-range to higher end pieces. No going-out-of-business sign appeared in the windows. No explanation given, leading many curious passers-by to stop in at the Chef Shop next door in hopes of more information.
It seems no one knows for sure why Alta closed, but an employee in a nearby store speculated the decision may have been prompted by the need to care for an aging parent. (The Laurel Street Spy left a phone message for Rhonda, but the call has not been returned.)
Alta will be missed…as will Holly, its incredibly helpful store manager.
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