(CBS) — It’s funeral time – literally – for a longtime North Side business.
CBS 2’s Brad Edwards pays a visit to The Alley.
“We became an alternative lifestyle department store,” owner Mark Thomas says of the business at Clark and Belmont that started as a head shop.
He adds: “I’m just exhausted. It’s 44 years later.”
Also prompting the decision to close is the neighborhood’s changing face. Thomas is not a fan of redevelopment plans to build a Target store next to his building.
So, in Alley fashion, he’ll hold a funeral with a hearse and a coffin Saturday night.
Festivities begin at 9 pm. Thomas may launch a different store in another Chicago neighborhood after he spends some time traveling.