by Lisa Tome
While construction at Cecilton's new residential development, Parklands, is moving along at a fast pace, three businesses in the commercial district have closed their doors in recent months.
Kim Roland, Cecilton's Clerk/Treasurer, said that the owners of the Subway and gas station, at 102 East Main Street, recently came to town hall to pay their final water and wastewater bills. That business both opened and closed in 2014. "It was lack of support," said Roland.
Back in the 1970s, Tommy Pierce opened Pierce's garage at 116 South Bohemia Avenue. The shop closed on Tuesday, September 30. Pierce announced that he was retiring by placing signs in the garage windows.
Earlier in the year, the laundromat at 200 East Main Street, closed its doors. Roland said that April 1 closure has had an impact. "A lot of people don't have laundry facilities in their homes. Now they have to go to Elkton, Chestertown, or Middletown," said Roland.
Roland said on a positive note, both the Royal Farms and Dollar General Store, both of which have come to Cecilton within the past two years, are doing well.
"Cecilton needs a small pharmacy. And a place to sit down and have breakfast," said Roland.
The Town of Cecilton will be impacted by the business closures in more ways than one. "We will collect less personal property tax and there is less chance of local employment," said Roland. "We are hoping these businesses will be replaced."