BRISTOL, Va. - On Saturday morning the CityMac store in downtown Bristol will open to customers for one last time in the Tri-Cities.
The business, which sells and services Apple products, would have celebrated its one year anniversary on June 9. The business included a café.
CityMac's Chief Operating Officer Kevin Trivette says they are all heartbroken they couldn't make it work.
He says there's just such a small profit margin on technology and they didn't get the needed foot traffic to generate enough revenue.
Trivette didn't want to go on camera, but we spoke to city leaders and a former downtown business owner as Bristol begins to move forward. "To be successful, you have to have a good product that's difficult to purchase off the internet," said Con Sauls, owner of the now-closed Sessions 27 music store.
"I've been contacted already by three entities with legitimate interests in the building," said Bristol, Virginia City Manager Dewey Cashwell. He added that another city leader has been in contact with a fourth potential tenant as well.
CityMac will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1 and will remain open until 7 p.m. for its last full day of business.
A business that had been contracting with CityMac wants to remind customers they're not going anywhere. Flex Tech Solutions on West State Street in Bristol, Tennessee does repairs on iPhones, iPads and iPods, and they sell accessories for those products.