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Window Gallery in downtown Augusta closing; owner cites home construction downturn as reason

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The Window Gallery, a downtown Augusta business open since 1980, will close its doors Thursday, owner David Steele said.

Steele  SARA CALDWELL/FILE
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Steele

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.

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Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 05/26/12 - 08:32 am
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Home builder

Although I was never a home builder I did build my own home in 1987. David was one of my suppliers. In addition to Anderson windows He found and sold to me special interior and exterior trim which I could not find anywhere else. He spent a lot of time getting me what I wanted and was most helpful in many ways. It is sad, indeed, to see his business suffer as it has as a result of the downturn in the housing sector. Good luck , David.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 05/28/12 - 05:13 am
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David Steele

We worked with David when we had our house built back in the early 1990's. He was such a big help and so pleasant to work with. I'm with Carleton in saying, "Good luck, David".

omnomnom
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omnomnom 05/28/12 - 12:37 pm
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always sad to see an

always sad to see an independently owned / family store shut down

JRC2024
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JRC2024 06/21/12 - 08:07 am
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You will see more and more of

You will see more and more of this as workers comp and liability rates increase and the profits in the business dwindle. My wc rate is going from 48000.00 to 158000.00. Liability is probably going to do the same.

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