The Window Gallery, a downtown Augusta business open since 1980, will close its doors Thursday, owner David Steele said.
Steele said he has been forced to close because of the continued retraction in the construction market for the past several years, which has cut his business by more than half.
“When new construction fell off, it just never really came back,” he said.
The Window Gallery does not have any inventory to liquidate, he said, and warranty protection on products purchased at the business will be honored by the manufacturer.
Andersen and Eagle, two of the Window Gallery’s biggest suppliers, have a 20-year glass warranty and a 10-year warranty on all nonglass items. Customers can get help by directly contacting the companies.
Andersen is working to bring another dealer to the Augusta area, but Steele said it is unlikely the area will be able to support a dedicated window and door business for some time.
“There’s just not the volume anymore,” he said.
Steele said that he doesn’t know what he will do after closing the business but that he is grateful to his customers.
“We’ve been at this a long time, and it’s sad to say goodbye,” he said.
The company was leasing its space at 1129 Broad St.
Steele has been phasing out employees in anticipation of closing the business, and he’s the only worker left.