The Fate of Ocmulgee Traders
News rapidly spread across all social circles this morning about Ocmulgee Traders...
The Sudden and Unexpected closing of Ocmulgee Traders...
Reports are circulating that Ocmulgee Traders is closing. But that just may not be the case.
News and media outlets have been reporting that Ocmulgee Traders will be closing its downtown Macon store less than two years after it opened.
According to 13WMAZ News,
The store's owner, Steve Bell, posted on his Facebook page:
"What an adventure pulling a store together like Ocmulgee Traders, bringing unique and loved products downtown. The store's gross profit margin exceeded our expectations but we needed more volume. Unfortunately I personally can't sustain the store until the density of downtown grows with several projects in the next year. I'm afraid we're going to have to shut it down unless we get an immediate investor or buyer. Thank you all for your support."
We personally reached out to co-owner Steve Bell this morning about his feelings on Ocmulgee Traders closing and the impact it will have on downtown Macon. According to Bell
"I have shut the doors to the store while I reorganize things before I open back up. I have several interested parties that are interested in investing in Ocmulgee Traders to make the store stronger. Ocmulgee Traders has had a great gross profit margin of 24% plus per month; but Ocmulgee Traders needs a little more volume while we wait for the density to increase and there are about 5 (FIVE) residential projects that circle the store. It is my intent for the store to stay open. Downtown residents love it, people who are downtown love it and it is sorely needed."