Dillon’s Hole in the Wall closing | SummitDaily.com

Dillon’s Hole in the Wall closing

Kathryn Corazzelli
Summit Daily News
Summit Daily/Mark Fox

After nine-and-a-half years of business, Dillon’s video, book, thrift and surplus store Hole in the Wall is closing up shop and selling all inventory.

“I opened it up in 2002 with about 2,400 VHS tapes, and over the years it transformed into different things,” owner Mike Gawin said. “I added DVDs, groceries, thrift store items and military surplus.”

After about three years in business, video started dying – because of alternatives like Netflix and Redbox – so Gawin figured he’d turn it into more of a general store. But, the idea never fully took off, and now his landlord is renovating.

“I’m really sad. I had the best customers in the world,” Gawin said. “My customers are like my family.”

And Gawin knows every one of them: He has worked every single day, the entire time the store has been open. At first, Hole in the Wall was open 12 hours a day, seven days a week, but he upped that daily span to 15 hours three years ago.

“So I haven’t had a day off in 10 years,” he said.

In all of those 10 years, and all those hours worked, Gawin can only think of five disagreements with customers.

The store closes Oct. 12, after which Gawin is moving to Michigan to take care of his parents.

Everything is on sale. All the DVDs, new releases and old, are $1 each, and Blu-ray discs are $3. VHS tapes are 10 for $1, every book in the store is 10 cents. All 99 cent items are three-for-$1. Thrift store items are free with a donation to Gawin’s moving fund; he doesn’t care if “it’s a penny, a dime or a dollar. I don’t want to see it going to the trash.” Most of the military surplus is also “drastically reduced.”

“Thanks for the memories and I’ll miss everybody,” Gawin said.

For more information, go to http://www.ssrsi.org/hitw.htm or call (970) 513-6540.

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