The Outdoors store in East Hampton Village will close at the end of September because business has been slow, according to store owner Barry Adelman.
The clothing store, which moved from Amagansett to the Park Place location in mid March, hasn’t been making enough money to support the store’s $11,000 a month rent, Mr. Adelman said.
“I thought I could take the business from 171 Main Street, Amagansett, to 30 Park Place, East Hampton and make it work,” he added. “For a number of reasons I couldn’t do it.”
In February, the store left its Amagansett location after a conflict between Mr. Adelman’s former business partner, Steven Schneider, and his landlords, Joe and Sal LaCarrubba.
The LaCarrubba brothers evicted Mr. Adelman after litigation in East Hampton Town Justice Court last summer, but he was able to stay while his appeal was before the Brooklyn Appellate Term State Court. Mr. Adelman has a separate court case against the LaCarrubbas and his former partner for what he had called collusion.
The Outdoors store had been located in Amagansett since March 1997. Mr. Adelman and Mr. Schneider took over the clothing store, at the time called LaCarrubba’s, from Joe and Sal LaCarrubba, brothers who had, in turn taken it over from their father, Salvatore LaCarrubba, in 1951. The store first opened in 1932.
Mr. Schneider opened Encore Sports, which also sells brand-name footwear and clothing, beach gear, toys, candy and sporting goods, last spring once the Outdoors store vacated the space.
Mr. Adelman said he will still run his second location upstate in Chester, but said that he regrets having to leave East Hampton.
“The great thing about being a retailer is the people that you meet in the store,” he said. “I’ve met absolutely wonderful people and a lot of the regulars loved the store. The best compliment I ever received was that it was ‘The only real store left in the Hamptons.’”
Mr. Adelman said among his customers over the years, in Amagansett at least, were Jimmy Buffett and Paul McCartney.
He said that while he’ll continue with his other store, he plans to devote more time to his nonprofit organization, Music for Humanity.
To help close out the store, everything will be 30 percent off. Customers who took part in the membership promotion in East Hampton will continue be served, online, through the Chester store, at outdoors4u.cc. Members will have access to 50-percent-off merchandise during the closing sale.