Chain reactions

In 2007 and 2008, the business strip along Ulster Avenue in the Town of Ulster, the strip mall center of northern Ulster County, seemed in danger of becoming a ghost town. Laz-Y-Boy closed its doors. Talbot’s moved out. Pier One moved closer to Barnes & Noble and no permanent tenant took its spot near the entrance to Wal-Mart. Midas closed down, then burned. Linens ’n Things in Ulster folded. Friendly’s closed its uptown location and the restaurant in the Hudson Valley Mall. The mall itself won a mention as a potential problem on the site and was sold by Pyramid Corporation to CBL & Associates in 2011.

Brice Discount Beverages’ building is still empty and Famous Footwear is sandwiched between two empty storefronts.

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