WATERTOWN — Sherwood Florist will permanently close after being shut down for four months because of the coronavirus.
Owner Kevin R. Kitto announced the closure on the business’ Facebook page, blaming financial constraints caused by the pandemic and the inability to find an investor.
The florist, in the Tops plaza on Washington Street, was in business for 32 years.
The past few months have been a “very painful time,” with the fallout from this pandemic affecting so many people, the post read.
“The overwhelming constraints of reopening coupled with the financial impact of being forced to be closed for so long has led us to this decision,” Mr. Kitto wrote.
He thanked his “loyal” staff and customers for their valued support over the years.
Sherwood Florist joins Bob Evans, Denny’s and Cornerstone Eatery in Watertown and Tin Pan Galley in Sackets Harbor that are among businesses in Watertown that have closed since the pandemic.
Donald C. Alexander, CEO of the Jefferson County Local Development Corp., told his board to watch for other businesses that might be in trouble and how the economic development agency can help.
Mr. Alexander said he’s heard from business owners who say they don’t know whether they can survive as the local economy continues to be hit hard by the coronavirus.
“There’s lots of uncertainty and it remains,” he said. “We haven’t turned the corner yet. We still have a long way to go.”
Local economic development agencies have offered special loan programs to businesses and moratoriums on their loans so they can get through the lean financial times.