With both 2019 and the past decade now behind us, it's time to bid a final farewell to some popular and longtime businesses, stores and restaurants that left the Lehigh Valley this year.

Online competition continues to be fierce, forcing some smaller chains and mom-and-pop establishments struggling financially to keep doors open. We found several posting on social media about financial woes and thanking customers for their loyal patronage throughout the years. Other owners said it was simply time to retire after decades-long runs.

Hourglass Hallmark, a fixture at Bethlehem's Westgate Mall since the mid-1970s under multiple owners, reportedly closed its doors sometime in April.

Court documents at the time alleged the store owed the mall owner money and/or property. Prior to shutting its doors with a "Thank you 45+ years" sign, the store in March had signs illustrating deep discounts, but stated on its Facebook page it was undergoing "renovations."

A store employee via Facebook message later told LehighValleyLive sales began to decline and operating in the vicinity of the mall’s construction zone surrounded by vacancies made it difficult to attract new customers. The  franchise was then searching for new space in the Bethlehem or Easton area, the employee stated.

Frey's Country Store & Deli reportedly closed in July after more than three decades serving the community.

The business -- a combination deli and convenience store, with catering as a main focus -- was owned by Harold Frey since 1986 along Franklin Street in Alburtis, according to a report in the East Penn Press. Frey told the publication at age 78, it was time to retire.



H&M closed its gates for the last time on Jan. 12 at the struggling Phillipsburg Mall at the border of Lopatcong and Pohatcong townships.

An H&M spokesperson then said the company was adapting to “changing customer behavior.”  H&M's move followed several other stores that closed in mid to late 2018 at the nearly defunct shopping mall.

The restaurant carried the usual Asian cuisine staples, such as lo mein, chow mei fun, sweet and sour, and moo shu and egg foo dishes, according to its website. The Morning Call newspaper initially reported the closure, as well as Yelpers providing reviews on Yelp.

Hallmark at the Phillipsburg Mall began putting up signs in December 2018, announcing a Jan. 28 closure.

Several other tenants would go on to follow suit in 2019 at the struggling mall straddling the border between Pohatcong and Lopatcong townships.

Nature and Co. in Easton closed at 108 S. Third St. after less than a year in business, according to the Easton Main Street Initiative.

It opened in July 2018 and shut down by April. The reason behind the closure is unclear and owner Jo O'Brien did not immediately return an email request seeking information.

However, a representative with the Easton Main Street Initiative said the business did have a few pop-up shops at Easton Public Market following the closure.

Kmart first announced in August it would be shutting down four additional stores in New Jersey and one in Pennsylvania at 25th Street in Wilson. The store officially closed in mid-December.

Transform Co., the newly-formed parent company, also announced 26 Sears and Kmart closings across the country. Transform Co. was formed after Sears Holdings declared bankruptcy in October 2018.

Church Street Market aimed to fill a void in Bethlehem's historic district by bringing a cafe and small grocer to the neighborhood when it opened in March 2018. The business was closed by June 30.

A social media posting thanked customers for their patronage, stating, "It has been a pleasure to not only serve you but to get to know each one of you. We are thankful for such a wonderful community."

The reason behind the closure is unknown; owner Genevieve Marcon at the time did not immediately return a request for information.

Salmon Pants Brewery opened at 100 E. Susquehanna St. in Allentown on Nov. 10, 2018. It announced less than a year later in July it was getting bought out.

Owners Jonathan Rotger and John Patello said the goal of Salmon Pants Brewery, when it opened, was to be the beer destination for people who don't usually drink beer. The pair focused on sweeter, unconventionally flavored beers in a bid to appeal beyond the usual hop-heads. Brews included a lemon drop Czech pilsner and porters in such flavors as coconut, tiramisu and lychee as "new age" alternatives.

The brewery closed at the end of July after a private event with friends and family to finish off the remaining beer. The partners sold the Salmon Pants name and pledged to invest in other local projects, according to a Morning Call report.

The historic Weaversville Inn announced it would be closing in early October due to "ongoing family medical issues," as stated on the business' Facebook page.

"We have done our best to remain open for all of our loyal customers, but it has become too much of a burden on our family trying to keep everything running," the posting stated. "We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and we thank all of our customers, performers/entertainers, and vendors for their continued support over the past few months. We wish everyone the  best and thank you for your understanding."

The restaurant's building at 6916 Weaversville Road in East Allen Township, dates back to the 18th century with Ben Franklin rumored to have stayed there and it’s believed to be haunted by ghosts.

Greenmouth Juice Bar and Cafe in August 2015 opened a second location in Allentown on the heels of its successful May 2014 opening in Easton.

By September, the Allentown location in the Allentown ArtsWalk at 21 N. Seventh St. reportedly closed its doors. The eatery specializes in juice and smoothies, as well as has an extensive menu featuring fresh-squeezed lemonades, La Colombe coffee, Numi  teas, espresso drinks, cold-pressed juices, as well as baked goods and hearty salads of kale and quinoa.

It's unclear what led to the Allentown closure. Meanwhile, the Easton location in the 500 block of Northampton St. remains.

Gold's Gym announced Sept. 30 it would be closing its doors for good. The gym opened about five years ago at the Phillipsburg Mall along Route 22, split between Lopatcong and Pohatcong townships.

"... the gym  is out of money and has been for a long time,” the posting signed by “Gold’s Gym Phillipsburg ownership” stated. “I have carried the gym personally, losing money every month. I apologize I can no longer keep carrying this gym and I can’t keep having  people working for us if I cannot pay them.”

The 30,000 square-foot upscale entertainment venue in the Saucon Square shopping center along Route 378 opened in July 2013. Heather Chaddha, Revolutions at Saucon Valley's general manager, did not  immediately return messages seeking information about the closure at the time.

The  business is owned by Florida-based Frank Entertainment Group. Frank Theatres in December 2018 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The debtors in the Chapter 11 filing listed Revolutions of Saucon Valley  LLC, as well as Revolutions at City Place LLC, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Asian restaurant at 2126 W. Union Blvd. in Allentown reportedly closed in January after just four years in business.

The eatery was known for its Szechuan spicy beef and kung pao chicken among other authentic Szechuan dishes, according to the Morning Call newspaper. It was operated by chef Lin Yang and opened in fall 2014 in the former Panda Asian Cuisine space in the Lehigh Shopping Center, according to the report.

Reasons surrounding the closure remain unclear. Pho Viet Royal plans to move into the space, according to The Call.

The secret was out by February across social media platforms that Victoria's Secret at the Phillipsburg Mall, at the border of Lopatcong and Pohatcong townships, would be closing at the struggling shopping destination.

The news was confirmed when L Brands, the retailer’s parent company, stated in an email, “We can confirm that the store is closing.” The last day of business at the mall is slated for March 18, L Brands said.

The company didn't provide a reason specifically for the Phillipsburg Mall closure, but the women's lingerie chain had been under pressure since August, when it announced the closure of 30 national stores, according  to a report in Business Insider.

L Brands  also then reported second-quarter earnings, showing same-store sales at Victoria's Secret, which also includes the Pink brand, were down by 1  percent.

The restaurant closed after just a few years in business, according to a report in the Morning Call newspaper. Reviews on Yelp indicate the restaurant served Jamaican-inspired specialties, such as oxtail with rice and peas, cabbage and plantains.

AT&T, which had a small store near Men's Wearhouse and Phillipsburg Family Dental at the Phillipsburg Mall, was the latest to bite the dust with signage indicating a closure on Oct. 28. A mall merchant then said she was certain AT&T was open just the week prior.

The reason for that closure remains a mystery. An AT&T spokesman at the time did not immediately return a request for information.

The market was similar to a modern-day general store, offering everything from canned goods and groceries to toiletries, baking supplies and  batteries to cleaning items and other household goods. It was an extension of Easton Salsa Co. and Emmaus Outlaw Cafe and BBQ Pit, offering its hot sauces, hummuses, salsas and some meats, according to the Morning Call newspaper.

The Dallas, Texas-based retailer in February announced the closure of all its 2,300 remaining stores after reportedly filing for bankruptcy for the second time in less than two years. Payless initially announced two big rounds of closures in 2017 after declaring bankruptcy in April of that year. Alden Global Capital and other creditors then assumed ownership.

Payless had about 4,400 stores nationally before the closings began in 2017. Also in 2017, stores at Phillipsburg Mall and in Wind Gap Plaza announced closures.

Liquids for Life was formerly housed in a corporate center across from Target along North Cedar Crest Boulevard. (Google maps)

Liquids For Life opened in July 2018  at the Roma Corporate Center across from Target along North Cedar Crest Boulevard.

The South Whitehall Township eatery was known for its organic baked goods; 10-ingredient trail mixes; yogurt bowls; and grain and oatmeal bowls, along with a topping bar with more than 20 choices. About 18 organic smoothies were offered, along with such sandwiches as a "comfort" peanut butter and jelly complete with shredded coconut, raisins and sliced apples and bananas, said owner Sean Ward.

Ward began the business venture after selling all-natural lemonade with his wife at area festivals and also owned Informed Foods and Smoothies with a business partner in Weisenberg Township. He closed 14 months later in September.

"Basically we always decided if we were going to open we would re-evaluate after being open at least a year," Ward said this past week. "We did that and decided the reward was not worth the 12-plus hour days at this stage in life."

The Schnecksville Diner reportedly had an empty parking lot, darkened windows and drawn blinds, indicating a closure in November.

The Parkland Press reported handwritten notices dated Nov. 10 taped to the front doors stated the restaurant had closed at 2 p.m. on the day the notes were written. No further information was posted about whether the closure was temporary or permanent, according to the report.

The diner also closed temporarily in November 2018 due to an order by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture  Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services following alleged health code violations.

It opened on West Broad Street in 2013 with owners Domenic and Stefano Lombardo having a vision to serve pizza, ice cream and gelato under one roof. It was the second venture for Domenic "Mimmo" Lombardo, who also owned The Mint Gastropub.

The reason behind the closure remains unclear. The Morning Call newspaper reported Lehigh Valley Barbell, a strength and conditioning gym, has since moved into the space.

The Lehigh Valley's only Firehouse Subs location at 1824 Airport Road in Hanover Township, Lehigh County closed in February due to a personal  decision by the franchisee, chain spokeswoman Ivette Faulkner then confirmed.

The Florida-based fast-casual chain is known for its line of steamed subs. The restaurant opened in October 2011 at the Airport Road Shopping Center.

The Coffee Shop Company in October announced its Hellertown closure to patrons on the business' Facebook page.

The shop's last day of operations was on Oct. 13 at the site at 650 Main St. The posting mentioned the shop, however, would continue to have a presence at other businesses across the region.

"We thank you all for your support and your warmth. The Coffee Shop Company is still growing and reaching new goals in more  areas, we invite you to stay tuned. We will have presence in various venues throughout the Lehigh Valley, PA so we can keep bringing you high quality items and the highest quality of customer service you all deserve."

Zoup! Fresh Soup Co., the fast-casual restaurant known for its soup, salads and sandwiches, closed shop at 3770 Dryland Way in Lower Nazareth Township sometime in June. It opened in November 2010. The reason behind the closure was unclear with a Zoup! corporate representative not immediately returning a request for information nor did strip mall owner Regency Centers, at the time.

The Lehigh Valley's second Zoup! location followed suit by shutting its doors on Sept. 26 at Airport Road Shopping Center in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, “Thank you for your 10 years of generous patronage,” a sign on the door then said.

A corporate spokesperson also didn't return requests for information on that closure nor did Goodman Properties, which owns and manages Airport Road Shopping Center. Adam Goodman, a partner at Goodman Properties, later told The Morning Call newspaper a lease agreement was being worked out with an undisclosed tenant who would occupy both the vacant Firehouse Subs and Zoup! sites at that strip mall.

BounceU -- a  place for children to release energy in a safe, enclosed atmosphere --  closed sometime around late August to early September at Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail in Forks Township.

The 8,000-square-foot business was the first tenant in May 2012 when the 1800 Sullivan Trail upscale strip mall was constructed in the space that formerly housed Laneco supermarket. Mike and Mary Principato of Williams Township, co-owners of the BounceU, at the time did not return requests for information about the closure.

Joe Paranee, owner of Park Plaza's leasing agent, Paranee Property Management, said BounceU's lease had ended. Northampton County's Area Agency on Aging Senior Center has since filled the space, he said this past week.

Joey G's Italian Kitchen reportedly closed in October after four years in business at 1063 Grape St, Whitehall Township.

Owner Joe Grisafi, who also owns Corked Bar, Grill & Nightclub in downtown Bethlehem, told The Morning Call newspaper he was in search of a new location. "Stay tuned in spring 2020," he stated in the report.

Sagra Bistro & Bar announced in early August over Facebook the Hellertown eatery would be ceasing operations on Aug. 10.

Owner Robyn Cavallaro stated in the post she was moving to Florida to be closer to family, ending the restaurant’s 11-year run of serving up such favorites as the tortes and the "Bubble Burger," both of which  Cavallaro mourned in the post.

Comments on the announcement were an outpouring of both sadness for  the loss of the 620 Main St. restaurant and well-wishes for Cavallaro.

Dolce, a coffee, gelato and candy shop at 52 S. Main St. in Nazareth, was owned by the borough's former downtown manager Stephanie Varone. It closed in May.

Varone took the space over in August 2018 after its previous tenant, Xpresso Cafe, shut its doors in July 2018 following a spring 2015 opening.

Varone by July 2019 also moved Smooch, her boutique known for clothing, cosmetics, accessories and jewelry at 101 S. Main St. to nearby Nazareth Shopping Plaza, 174 Nazareth-Bath Highway. Varone's reasoning for both Dolce's closure and Smooch's relocation was the same -- parking issues and customer demand, she said.

The restaurant was one of the breakfast and lunch spots for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. crowd when it opened in the 1950s. It only changed hands a few times — always passing from Greek to Greek to Greek, its owners told The Express-Times in 2010.

Owners Bill Hatzinikolaou and Z. Candi Staurinos took to the restaurant's Facebook page to announce the closure and sale. The posting stated: "It is with mixed emotions that we have decided to close and sell the  Mayflower Luncheonette. We are excited to move on to new opportunities."

Long John Silver's, 2185 W. Union Blvd. in Bethlehem, officially closed its doors in early October, according to The Morning Call newspaper.

Signs then went up on Dec. 13 that Long John Silver's fast food restaurant at 25th Street Shopping Center, 2409 Nazareth Road, in Palmer Township also was closing permanently. The Palmer Township location was open since at least the early 2000s.

The reasoning behind both closures remains unclear. Emails and phone messages left to Long John Silver’s corporate office in Louisville, Kentucky were not returned. To date, area locations at 2571 Easton Ave. in Bethlehem and 7720 Main St. in Fogelsville remain.

DeLorenzo's Italian Restaurant abruptly closed In July after 12 years of service at 3417 Sullivan Trail in Forks Township.

The building that housed Morici's Ristorante for the past 45 years went dark with "for rent" signs hanging on the door and exterior windows in late March.

Nino Morici of Easton, co-owner, told lehighvalleylive it was a decision his family had discussed for a long time -- once his parents retired and once more children were born. On March 31, the family made the announcement of the business' closure  in a Facebook post, thanking the public for their memories, support and patronage for more than four decades.

A sign confirming the closure inside the store at 1202 New Brunswick Ave. then stated to patrons, "It's not goodbye. It's see you around." The reasoning for the shutdown of this location remains unclear. A manager who declined to give his name referred questions to a corporate spokesperson, who didn't immediately respond to a request for information.

Bottle & Bottega art studio reportedly closed March 9 at Sixth and Northampton streets in downtown Easton.

The franchise concept meshed art and wine, billing itself as a studio that's "one part artistic adventure and one part cocktail party." It opened in late April 2017 and was the only of its kind in Pennsylvania.

The Morning Call newspaper reported owners took to Facebook to share the news with patrons, but didn't cite a specific reason for closing:

"For a little over 3 years, Bottle and Bottega Lehigh Valley has had the honor and privilege to be a part of your life celebrations, teambuilding events and regular creative endeavors,” the posting read. “We are beyond grateful to have formed friendships and amazing memories with many of you that will continue on. It has been a wonderful ride but our  journey is now coming to an end."

Golazo House, a popular South Bethlehem Latin-American restaurant in Bethlehem, shuttered on March 25.

The business, 123 W. Fourth St., was billed as a soccer hangout featuring Colombian cuisine when it first opened in November 2017 with “Golazo”often referred to as a particularly impressive goal. The business took to Facebook in announcing its closure.

" ... We have developed many friendships and a loyal customer base but the time has  come to pursue other endeavors and devote more time to our families. Our time here and memories will last forever. Thank you everyone for allowing us to be your go to soccer pub and for always bringing your passion and energy during those early morning games," the posting read.

Gaglione's Cucina Italiana in November 2007 reportedly moved from its existing Wind Gap location to Palmer Township.

It moved from 420 Jacobsburg Road in Wind Gap, which was formerly J&R’s Smokehouse building, to 190 S. Greenwood Ave. in Palmer Township, which was formerly James Eatery space, the Morning Call newspaper reported.

The restaurant, which was named after husband and wife co-owners John and Antonella Gaglione of Forks Township, shut down in September for an unknown reason, The Call reported.

The One shoe store closed at 22 Centre Square in May. It opened in December 2014 after owner Young Kwon saw success with his other location in Allentown.

An employee who answered the phone this past week at the Allentown store said Kwon didn't provide a reason for the closure in Easton, but staff continues to concentrate on the Allentown store, which remains open.

Book & Puppet Co. in July moved into the 1,500-square-foot  space. The book shop is the third location for owners Andrew Laties and his wife, Rebecca Migdal, of Easton.

Joe's Delicatessen -- a staple at Northampton and Sitgreaves streets for multiple decades. -- closed in February after its current owner had plans to renovate the building. The building never re-opened and currently, sits vacant inside.

Throughout the years, the deli has changed hands a few times. Former owner Joseph Azzalina Jr. in 2016 stepped down after 45 years of service to spend more time with his family. The Palmer Township man started working at his father's deli when he graduated from college in 1970. He sold the business to John Pasyanos and Nick Stamos in 2005 but stayed on as an employee until his retirement.

John Pasyanos did not immediately respond to a request this past week for information about the closure.

Learning Express, the popular toy, game and book retailer with an emphasis on learning, closed Sept. 7 at the Madison Farm strip mall in Bethlehem Township. The store only opened at 4817 Freemansburg Ave. about a year prior in autumn 2018.

Co-owner Vincent Albanese attributed the closure to poor sales, saying he likely opened too close to his other franchise location at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley in Upper Saucon Township coupled with online competition, a lack of popular toys to drive in traffic and other expenses. The Upper Saucon Township store remains open.

The South Side Bethlehem eatery when it opened in November 2018 aimed to draw in both foodies and geeks alike with menu options featuring the faces of such sitcom television nerd characters as Steve Urkel and Screech, according to an LVB.com report. It was the second venture for owner T.R. Burns, who also owned Hot Plate Soul Kitchen, which later closed in August in Bethlehem, the report said.

Grazie Brewhouse & Restaurant reportedly closed in March at 1860 Catasauqua Road in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.

The Morning Call newspaper reported Buon Appetito Ristorante & Pizzeria, also serving Italian specialties, opened in late July in the space. The Valley Plaza space previously housed a handful of other Italian eateries, including Taste of Italy from 2001 to 2018 prior to Grazie Brewhouse & Restaurant (the change of hands happened when Franco Grisafi bought the business from his father, Nicolo), according to the report.

Franco released a written statement to The Call stating the closure of Grazie was attributed to a host of things, including lack of business knowledge, along with the shopping center becoming more of a discount destination compared to a more lavish shopping center that Taste of Italy had moved into.

"As we look back on the history of the location, we feel the large bar addition and removing the pizza counter is where the restaurant lost its identity," he added.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit reportedly closed in April after opening in March 2017 at the 25th Street Shopping Center in Palmer Township.

The chain is known for brisket, pulled pork and other barbecue staples, but newly opened  locations have been adding menu items that are offbeat for a barbecue  joint, like tacos. Other Lehigh Valley locations included franchises in Bethlehem and Lower Macungie Township.

The revived Lump's American Deli and Grill, which opened at 901 Center St. in Bethlehem over the summer under new management, shut down by April, according to the Morning Call newspaper.

Gordon Carver, a chef with experience at such area restaurants as Top Cut Steakhouse, took over the business with a mission to keep the legacy of the deli's late namesake alive. Dave "Lump" Sanders, the deli's former owner and a noted Bethlehem booster, died in November 2016, with the deli shuttering about a year later.

A co-owner at the time of the closure told The Morning Call, “We already have someone else who’s really interested in the space."

The Morning Call newspaper reported the eatery made the announcement in a now-deleted video on the business' Facebook page. The restaurant "hit a roof" in the Lehigh Valley and is set to move to 387  Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair, N.J. later this month, co-owner T.R. Burns reportedly stated in the video.

“We  can’t grow no more,” Burns reportedly said. “… It has to be a certain dynamic  between the property you’re in and the place you are doing business in.  And some of them dynamics changed drastically.”

The restaurant opened in December 2017 and was known for serving up signature items, such as honey-dipped fried chicken, a variety of chicken and waffles options, slow-roasted ribs, and cajun shrimp.

The Viatnamese spot was owned by Lina Dang of New York, according to the Morning Call newspaper. The eatery's main attraction was Pho, a hearty noodle soup typically made from broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat.

The shop was ranked one of Lehighvalleylive's 11 best doughnuts in the Lehigh Valley. It was known for selling made-on-site doughnuts, including filled varieties such as jelly, and old-fashioned treats, such as chocolate with sprinkles, as well as breakfast sandwiches, burgers and lunch sandwiches, according to a report in the Morning Call newspaper.

At 95 cents, the doughnuts were also on the wallet-friendly side. For an unknown reason, the shop closed by January 2019, The Call reported.

Louis Belletieri, owner of the well-known Louie's Restaurant in Allentown, is seen here in a 2012 file photo.

Louie's Restaurant owner Louis Belletieri reportedly announced in October he would be shutting down the landmark Italian eatery, 2071 31st St. in south Allentown, on Dec. 28.

The move came a month after 73-year-old Belletieri was accused of failing to pay almost $90,000 in sales taxes since 2014. Belletieri reportedly told investigators he is "semi-retired" from the  restaurant but that he is at the restaurant six days a week and he is in  charge and a "decision maker" for the business.

The well-known Louie's restaurant previously was located at 12th and Chew streets in Allentown, then in December 2007 moved to the 31st Street location. A retirement celebration, featuring food and drink specials, was planned in late December, according to the Morning Call newspaper.

Belletieri told The Call in October the closure of Louie's was unrelated to the charges. "This is the end of 61 years," he said of the eatery in the report. "It's a happy occasion because I'm 73 years old and I have to slow down if nothing else. But I'm not retiring ... since my family's not going to be involved anymore, there's really no reason to continue with Louie's."

Besides the restaurant and the jarred pasta sauce brand, Belletieri has also been known for his elected office aspirations. He unsuccessfully ran in 1999 for the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, and ran for Allentown mayor in 2005.

The long-standing Upper Macungie Italian restaurant reportedly announced in early December it would be closing on New Year's Eve.

Paese Mio, which means "my hometown," opened in 1997 at 6561 W. Tilghman St. Owners Mike and Rosa Basile plan to retire. The couple's sons, Sal and Joe, who worked at the restaurant since they were teens now plan to open a new eatery at Hamilton Boulevard and Newton Road in the township, according to a report in the Morning Call newspaper.

Subway restaurants at 1525 Easton Ave. and 1829 Stefko Boulevard, both in Bethlehem, closed in May, according to a report in the Morning Call newspaper.

Signs in the windows of both chain restaurants at the time stated, "To our valued customers, thank you for your business and loyalty. This Subway is currently closed," according to the report.

The signs reportedly redirected patrons to another nearby Subway location along West Broad Street in the city.

Regis Hair Salon stylists learned Monday, Dec. 30 the location at Phillipsburg Mall would be shutting down permanently on New Year's Eve.

Regis' corporate parent is The Beautiful Group of Beverly Hills, California. A third of the Regis workforce in the  district that includes Phillipsburg also received 24-hours' notice that they had lost their jobs, manager Angela Hardison said. A message left with the Beautiful Group wasn't returned Tuesday.

The Regis Corporation, whose primary business was owning, operating and franchising hair salons, in August 2017 announced it has sold substantially all of its mall-based salon business in North America and entered into an agreement to sell substantially all of its International segment to The Beautiful Group. The transaction included 858 of the company's North America Regis Salons and MasterCuts locations, which are all full-service, mall-based salons.

“Unfortunately,  given the headwinds facing many retailers in today’s environment, it  made it very difficult for us to operate and compete on a national  level," he said in a statement.

Mall manager Raymond McDonald didn't return a message seeking comment while Benny Nabavian of Namdar Realty said in an email on Dec. 27 "we are  planning to re-purpose the property and have sent notices to some of the  tenants." He didn't respond immediately to questions looking for more  information and details. The mall is owned by Namdar Realty Group and Mason Asset Management, both based in Great Neck, New York.

Recall a favorite store, business or restaurant that shuttered this past year? Tell us about it in the comments section.

Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at pholzmann@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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