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Rent crisis shutters Claremont shoe shop after 40 years in business

  • William Getchus, right, and Shannon Getchus, left, show pictures of their apartment to E&D Shoes owner David Santini, second from left, outside his shop on Pleasant Street in Claremont, N.H., as their son Gage, 7, looks on, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The Getchus family lives above Santini’s store, which he has operated in various locations around the city for 40 years, and both received paperwork demanding unpaid rent that day. Both the family and Santini are facing eviction after the second week of August. Santini will close his store after Saturday August 8. A moratorium on evictions put in place to protect renters during the coronavirus pandemic ended on July 1, and was not extended by Gov. Chris Sununu. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Pete Ramirez, of Claremont, helps his friend David Santini pack up unsold shoes as he prepares to close E&D Shoes in Claremont, N.H., after about 40 years in business Tuesday, August 4, 2020. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Facing eviction on August 14, David Santini, of Claremont plans to close his store, E&D Shoes, after about 40 years in business on August 8. Santini said on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, he was behind on four months of rent before the pandemic, but continued making payments as he was able. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, he closed the store for four months, and continued to fall behind, leading his landlord to demand nearly $13,000 in back payments. “That’s a lot of money,” said Santini. “I’ll never make that back.” (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 8/8/2020 9:45:18 PM
Modified: 8/8/2020 9:45:16 PM

The coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing rent crisis have hit businesses across the nation hard, but they dealt a fatal blow to E&D Shoes in Claremont this month. Owner David Santini has closed up shop after operating the store at various locations around the city for 40 years.

The residential and business tenants in E&D’s building received paperwork from their landlord demanding unpaid rent in mid-July, two weeks after a statewide moratorium on evictions expired.

Santini said last Tuesday that he was about four months behind on rent even before the pandemic but continued making payments as he was able. When the pandemic began, he closed the store for four months and continued to fall behind, leading his landlord to demand nearly $13,000 in back payments. “That’s a lot of money,” Santini said. “I’ll never make that back.”

The store’s last day of business was Saturday, and he’s scheduled to move out of the building Friday.




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