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With customers staying home, Salt Lake antique store forced to close

Euro Treasures closing after 40 years
Posted at 7:19 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 09:19:05-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake City antique store owner's frustrations with the stay in place orders in the state has reached a boiling point.

Unfortunately for Scott Evans, he's made the tough decision to close down for good.

A sign outside Euro Treasures Antiques now says "covid kills businesses too."

Evans started his shop 40 years ago with $1,500 and a borrowed pickup truck.

He's seen ups and downs since then.

This year started out well for his business, then COVID-19 hit, along with shelter-in-place orders.

With a drastic drop in customers, Evans says it was no longer cost effective to stay open.

"How are we going to keep people employed, there are families that are going without," Evans said. "And this $1,200 business, it's going to last, what's that good for, a week? That's not going to keep somebody from losing their house or their car."

Evans says he will sell off as much of the inventory as he can.

He wants other small business owners to know they are not alone in their struggles.

"If one person dies its tragic, its extremely sad, I personally had the h1n1 virus ten years ago, spent a month in a coma, nine weeks in the hospital, lost my home" Evans said. "You know it was devastating, so I understand how difficult these things can be, but the reality is there's economic impacts, and poverty is a killer as well."

Evans though is encouraged by seeing how people are pulling together in these tough times.