If you’re looking for a deal, you might want to stop by the Bust-A-Left store on West Market Street in the city.
That’s the one, if you’ll recall, that was raided by the Department of Homeland Security last week. Since, that time, getting any more information about it has been next to impossible.
But now, at least, we know this: the store is going out of business.
I noticed the sign today, driving around the city chasing another story. I saw it out of the corner of my eye.
“Going out of business sale,” there in the black-and-brown of marker on corrugated cardboard.
Since federal agents seized a truck full of merchandise out of the store, there were a few rather obvious questions on Friday.
Sadly, after a brief visit, they pretty much remain unanswered.
Then again, the lack of information has been consistent throughout.
It started at the shop last Thursday. The agents there eventually confirmed in broad terms what they were doing — seizing alleged counterfeit merchandise — but provided little in the way of specifics.
They did offer a number, the line for a Homeland Security office in Philadelphia. The woman there can help, an agent said.
A reporter called her later that afternoon, identifying himself by name.
“No comment,” she said, hanging up before he could make it to a question.
Since then, it’s been more of the same. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District Court also declined comment, and since this was apparently a federal operation, there’s little local law enforcement can offer.
Thus the brief hope that came with sight of that sign on Friday.
It was a hope quickly dashed.
Employees at the store said the owner called them in to help clean up and get things cleared out. There’s a sale going on, they said, and indeed there appeared to be largely empty shelves in the front room. No one knew when the store was closing.
And no one wanted to go on the record. A number offered for the owner rings busy when called, and doesn’t connect.
That was that, for another day.
One woman, who left the store with two shirts, said she’s been shopping at the site for a long time. She’ll miss it once it’s gone, she said, whenever that is.