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Phil’s Gift Shop to close after more than 80 years

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HILLCREST (WBNG) -- After more than 80 years Phil's Gift Shop on East Service Road in Hillcrest will be closing it's doors.

Originally located in Downtown Binghamton, Mario Mughetti and two partners bought the Hillcrest store from the estate of Patty Ellis who was a cousin of Phil himself.

"We bought Phil's Gift Shop out of the estate and we attempted to continue her legacy but things have changed," he said.

Online shopping has siphoned business from the store.

"You can get this stuff online you don't have to go into a store," Mughetti said, "We're a society of convenience and convenience is the internet."

One longtime customer sees the the closure as a wake up call to shop local.

"The internet is hard to compete with we all tend to shop online but we still need to shop locally it's important to support our local businesses and local community," said Danielle Yurka of Binghamton.

Despite the uphill climb Mughetti says he and his partners did give it their all.

"'We tried to revive it and tried to get it to move but unfortunately it's not going to happen," he said.

Loyal customers saying goodbye to a local staple.

"It's a historic store it's sad to see it go I'm sure a lot of the community and even people who moved far away are going to be sad as well," said Yurka.

Mario Mughetti echoed that sentiment.

"It's a tough day for the community it's a tough day for us to have to do this, but we gave it our best," he said.

The store will be holding a sale including all merchandise and store fixtures beginning this Saturday.

Jack Arpey

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