After 34 years in business, Wacky Wheatley’s TV and Stereo is closing up shop in Dartmouth for good.
The company made the announcement Thursday, citing tough economic conditions as the main reason behind their decision to shut down operations at the original Wacky Wheatley’s location at 122 Main Street. The store had six employees.
“The decision to close, while difficult, was inevitable,” company president Mike Wheatley said in a release. “We thank all our customers in Dartmouth and (surrounding areas).”
It’s the latest in a string of closures for the family-owned company, which at one point managed eight stores throughout the Atlantic Provinces. Locations in New Minas and Truro and St. John’s, N.L., have all folded in the past year.
“They’re all difficult, but there is a certain nostalgia attached to the original,” vice-president of operations Bob Wheatley told Metro Thursday afternoon. “It’s pretty tough.”
Wheatley said the stores in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island continue to turn a profit, and the Wacky’s in Bayer’s Lake will also remain open. He added that Dartmouth customers should not worry about their warranties expiring.
“All our extended warranties are backed by independent insurance companies, so those warranties are still good,” Wheatley said.
Wacky’s Flooring and Design Centre will also remain unaffected by the closure. The Wheatley family sold their interest in the flooring business in 2007.