It's lights out for Westminster store


Westminster Lighting & Furniture Center Inc. is going out of business at the end of this month, but the storefront at 31 W. Main St. won't be vacant long.

Ain't That A Frame, which has been in business at the corner of Liberty and East Green streets for seven years, is scheduled to move into the Main Street space.

Westminster Lighting Center owner Roy Krom plans to leave lamp and light fixtures sales after 17 years in business at three locations: John Street, Route 27 and, for the past 13 years, 31 W. Main St.

But Mr. Krom and his wife, Janet, are looking for a new shop where they plan to continue selling collectible dolls and bears.

Mr. and Mrs. Krom added dolls and bears to the business seven years ago. Mrs. Krom had wanted to leave her nursing career for something different. On a visit to North Carolina, the couple walked through a doll shop.

"We just fell in love with the doll shop and decided that would be enjoyable," he said.

Mr. Krom said the lighting business hasn't done well for the past five years. Five years ago, he had to lay off five workers.

He and his wife continued the business, but after working 70 to 80 hours a week and not seeing the sales improvement he had expected last spring, "We thought it was time to do something different," he said.

Lou Chang, owner of Ain't That A Frame, said she hoped to be open on West Main Street late this month or early in November.

"We've expanded so many different lines, and with the custom work, there's just not enough space," she said.

Ms. Chang plans to add antiques, limited edition prints, home accessories and gift items to her stock of framed prints and the custom frames she makes.

She said she also hopes to provide space for monthly shows by individual local artists.

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