Walker closing storefront

Published 3:30 pm Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Another storefront will be closing its doors after 30 years in downtown Greenville.

Walker Business Machines will be locking the door for the final time on June 29 and saying goodbye to its storefront.

Although the retail store will be closing, customers in the Greenville area will continue to be served, according to owner David Walker.

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“Debbie (Mayberry) is still going to work Greenville and make deliveries to Greenville,” Walker said. “We have customers that have been there for a long time. It’s just a way to keep our long-term customers and to provide service, but we just won’t have the storefront.”

According to Walker, the economy took a toll on the business.

“The economy has been tough on a lot of businesses,” Walker said.” We just decided for economic reasons, at this time, we’re going to close this store. (We could) possibly open it back up in the future if the economy turns around.”

Greenville’s Walker Business Machines was opened in 1981 by June and Jerry Walker, and was managed by Leroy Boutwell for 13 years.

Mayberry will now be a sales representative for the company working to serve both the Greenville and Andalusia communities.

“We will still serve our customers as we have always done, and we’ll still have delivery just like we’ve always done,” she said. “We’re just going to do a role reversal — instead of them coming to see me, I’m going to go see them.”