Southampton Stationery, a staple on Hampton Road in Southampton Village for the past 43 years, will be closing its doors later this summer so the longtime owners, Herbert and Rosemary Jannsen, can retire.
This week, Donna Valle, their daughter, said the decision to close came after several years of careful consideration. Although it is sad the store will be gone, she said, it is still a happy occasion as her parents move into retirement.
“We had a wonderful 43 years,” Ms. Valle said. “We are happy and sad at the same time—we are going to miss our customers, but we will still be around and a part of the community.”
Mr. Jannsen, 83, opened the store 43 years ago. Since then, the Hampton Bays couple have been dedicated to being a part of the East End community, their daughter said, and it has been the community that made the store what it is.
During the next few weeks, as the store slowly empties out of greeting cards, paper, pens, and office supplies, Mr. Jannsen plans to be there to say goodbye to each of his loyal customers.
“It will be bittersweet for him,” Ms. Valle said. “But he wants to thank all of his customers personally.”
One of the special things about the store, according to Ms. Valle, is that it is truly a family establishment. For the past 20 years, Ms. Valle and her husband, Tony, have helped run the store, and Ms. Valle said her two daughters also work behind the counter.
“Our store is a part of a lot of people’s daily routines,” Ms. Valle said. “And they are part of ours—this will be a big adjustment for all of us.”
Ms. Valle also said her family still owns the building that houses the business, but that it is not clear what will go into the spot after the stationery store closes.
To prepare, the store is having a sale of all inventory, furniture and fixtures. The initial sale will run from Thursday, July 11, at 7 a.m. through Wednesday, July 17, at 6 p.m. The store will offer special deals and savings for local customers until the store closes in August.
Ms. Valle said the store will close after the last of the merchandise goes.
Although the family still plans to live in Hampton Bays and spend time in Southampton Village, with their newfound free time Mr. and Ms. Jannsen plan to travel more, particularly to one of their favorite spots, Naples, Florida.
“The sale is initiated only after several years of careful consideration,” Mr. Jannsen wrote in a letter to his customers. “It is our way of thanking you for your business and friendship, while at the same time accomplishing our goals. Donna, Tony, Rosemary and I want to thank you for all your support over the years, and a lifetime of wonderful memories.”