Those Were the Days!, a 35-year-old antique store and fixture in downtown Tempe, closed its doors today.
Vic Linoff, co-owner of Mill Avenue’s longest-operating retailer, said it was time for him and his wife to move on to the next phase of their lives.
“This was not an easy decision to come to,” he said. “You reach a point in life were you still have a lot of ideas – and my brain never stops going – but you slow down in terms of energy.”
Linoff said he and his wife, Vicki, will maintain ownership of the 101-year-old building, but will lease the store’s space to a new independent business owner.
“We would like to provide that opportunity that was provided to us,” he said.
He said he won’t lease the shop to a national chain because he wants to offer incubator space for another upstart business owner to gain a foothold in the downtown area. Nor will any restaurants open in the space, Linoff said, because he feels there area already too many eateries downtown
The couple’s plan for the building includes a new courtyard in a back alley that will link the historic structure to several future shops spaces. The duo also plan to remove additions to the building that aren’t part of the original architecture