Mac Specialist, an Apple-affiliated retailer at the corner of Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street, will be closing its doors at the end of June, according to owner Adam Karneboge.
The store's repair division at 805 Lake St. was responsible for all Apple computer warranty repair work within a 50-mile radius.
"As with most small businesses facing the decision, our reasons for closing are varied," Karneboge said in a written statement. "One factor that did not contribute to this decision was the Oak Park marketplace and all of our valued local customers. We felt welcomed from the very beginning, and the business was performing as expected until the end. We had hoped to spend many years serving the community, but for both business and personal reasons it was not meant to be."
Speaking to Wednesday Journal last week, Jim Solnes, co-owner of Scoville Square shopping center, said the business, which opened in October 2012, was profitable. The store, however, faced problems when an investor in the business went cold on plans to open a second location in Kalamazoo, Mich. in 2013, Solnes said, adding: "Unfortunately, the investor did not commit one way or the other."
Solnes thanks the Oak Park Economic Development Corporation for its attempt to find a new partner, but their efforts were ultimately unsuccessful.
The company occupies a 6,000-square-foot facility, which includes a 2,000-square-foot storefront, as well as a warranty repair division and a training facility. Solnes said Scoville Square did not invest or enter into a partnership with Mac Specialist, but the shopping center did provide "substantial dollars to the build out of the store."
Prior to Mac Specialist, the storefront was occupied by Baird & Warner Real Estate.