Duluth Businesses Breath Easy As Last Place on Earth Remains Closed

By KBJR News 1

August 21, 2013 Updated Aug 21, 2013 at 8:05 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Business owners in Downtown Duluth are breathing a sigh of relief, as the Last Place on Earth remains closed for at least another month.

Superior street is lacking the usual crowd known to hang out in front of the head shop, making the area more pleasant for others according to area merchants.

The manager at Fannie Rose Candy Shop, which sits kiddy corner to Last Place, says he has had to deal with several incidents of people coming into the store and scaring customers.

Building Managers also put up barriers in the back of their store to deter people from lingering around those areas.

With Last Place shut down for now, many store managers say the area has become more customer friendly.

"It's been a huge difference down here. A lot of the people that used to kind of scare customers and make the area seem kind of unsafe are gone now. A lot of families are back, tourists are back, people are smiling, and it's just a safe place to be again," said Manager Matt Marturano.

Marturano says he expects business will continue to be better as long as the head shop stays closed.

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