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Ithaca business Trader K’s to close this summer

The iconic Ithaca Commons business Trader K’s is closing for good after the summer season.

The thrift shop was founded in the 1990s. Owner Jay Sciarabba and his wife Karen cite years of downtown construction and COVID-19 pandemic hardships as factors in their decision to close Trader K’s.

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“Due to the construction out the back door and construction on the Commons the last couple years, people from outside Ithaca aren’t coming in due to the parking to get into our store,” said Sciarabba, according to WENY News. “It’s been very hard for us to get quality merchandise in to represent what Trader K’s is about for 26 years.”  

No announcements have been in regards to what business with replace Trader K’s downtown storefront. The store is offering a 30% discount on all products up until its closure this summer.