VERY SAD DAY HERE IN CLINTON. 3 BOB’S STORES IS CLOSING A NUMBER OF LOCATIONS HERE IN THE STATE.A COMPANY THAT STARTED HERE IN CONNECTICUT DECADES AGO.NEWS 8 LASALLE BLANKS IS LIVE IN NEWS 8 CONTROL WITH THE DETAILS. 3 NO ONE FROM BOB’S HEADQUARTERS IN MERIDEN IS TALKING TODAY — BUT THESE PAPERS FILED BY BOB’S PARENT COMPANY IN BANKRUPTCY COURT SPEAK VOLUMES. AND FOR THE PEOPLE WHO’VE COME TO LOVE AND RELY ON BOB’S IN 9 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS ACROSS CONNECTICUT — THESE PAPERS MARK WHAT LOOKS LIKE AN END OF ERA. 3 BOB’S HAS SEEN BRIGHTER DAYS. AND TO SUSAN KENNY — THIS IS A SAD DAY BECAUSE HER FAVORITE BOB’S STORE — THE ONE IN MIDDLETOWN — IS ON THE CLOSINGS LIST.XXXX SUSAN KENNY/SHOPPER 15:37:28 XXXX “WELL, WE’RE NOT VERY HAPPY ABOUT IT.”SHE’S BEEN COMING HERE FOR OVER 30 YEARS.XXXX SUSAN 15:37:41 XXXXX”AND THEY HAVE GREAT BUYS ON SNEAKERS, LEVI’S JEANS, PLUS THE COUPONS THAT BOB’S PUTS INTO THE NEWSPAPER MAKES BUYING FOOTWEAR, SPORTSWEAR REALLY A GREAT BARGAIN.”SHE SAYS IT’S…..XXXXX DEBBIE SHAPIRO/EXEC DIR. MIDDLESEX COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 15:53:30 XXXX”END OF AN ERA. AN ERA HAS PASSED.”DEBBIE SHAPIRO IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MIDDLESEX COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY. FOR HER — BOB’S ISN’T JUST ABOUT GETTING GOOD BARGAINS — SHE SAYS IT’S BEEN THE FABRIC OF THE COMMUNITY.THE VERY FIRST BOB’S STORE OPENED IN MIDDLETOWN IN 1954 — SHE SHOWED US PICTURES. XXXXX DEBBIE 15:52:23 XXXX”IT’S RIGHT HERE.”SHE WAS FRIENDS WITH BOB WHO FOUNDED THE STORES. HE BECAME A LOCAL LEGEND.XXXXX DEBBIE 15:46:08 XXXX”BOB LIPADUS CAME TO MIDDLETOWN, HE WAS A KOREAN WAR VETERAN AND HE STARTED HIS STORE. THE FIRST YEAR IT WAS CALLED THE GOB SHOP.”XXXXX DEBBIE 15:46:24 XXXX”HE ACTUALLY LIVED ABOVE THE STORE AT FIRST.”IT WAS A PLACE WHERE FAMILIES DID MORE THAN JUST SHOP….XXXX DEBBIE 15:47:11 XXXX”I REMEMBER WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS AN INFANT. HE HAD DR. J COME BECAUSE DR. J WAS THE SPOKESPERSON FOR CONVERSE ALL STARS, SO WE WENT DOWN AND TOOK HER ALONG — HELD HER UP SO WE COULD GET A PICTURE OF HER AND DR. J.”SPEAKING OF PICTURES — THAT’S WHAT DEBBY SHOWED US TODAY — A TRIP DOWN BOB’S AND MIDDLETOWN’S MEMORY LANE.WHAT’S HAPPENING TO BOB’S IS HAPPENING TO MANY OTHER STORES.QUINNIPIAC PROFESSOR DAVID CADDEN SAYS IT’S A REFLECTION OF TODAY’S MODERN ECONOMY.XXXX 15:28:50 PROF DAVID CADEN/Q U XXXX”IT’S ESTIMATED THAT 35-HUNDRED STORES MAY CLOSE IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2017. LAST MONTH THEY GAVE AN INDICATION OF NEARLY 35-THOUSAND RETAIL JOBS WERE LOST IN THIS ECONOMY.” XXXXX 15:28:36 PROF DAVID CADDEN/QUINNIPIAC UNIV XXXXX “THERE’S A SIGNIFICANT SHIFT IN HOW CONSUMERS ARE PURCHASING ITEMS. FIRST AND FOREMOST — THEY’RE TAKING A LOOK AT COMPARISON SHOPPING ONLINE AND THEY’RE ABLE TO PURCHASE ONLINE. AND THEY’RE TRYING TO AVOID THE HASSLES OF GOING OUT — GOING TO STORES — GOING DOWN THE AISLES OF STORES AND SHOPPING.”XXXXX 15:29:14 DAVID XXXX”IT IS A SIGN THAT THE OLD MODEL OF RETAILING THAT WE’VE BEEN USED TO IS EITHER GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE OR WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES IN EMPLOYMENT.” WE’LL HAVE THE COMPLETE LIST OF STORES IN JEOPARDY ON WTNH-DOT-COM.REMEMBER — WE’RE TALKING ABOUT NINE BOB’S STORES ACROSS CONNECTICUT — THAT’S AT LEAST HUNDREDS OF WORKERS.NO WORD YET WHEN THE STORES WILL CLOSE.LASALLE