The sailing retail market has been one that has been hit especially hard in years' past. Sales have been declining with many people cutting back their luxury budgets while prices for slip rentals at docks remain high. One example is Brunswick, who under the popular Mercury name manufactures boats, engines and other marine parts, has seen their stock price drop from a high of $32 dollars in July of 2007 to a low of $2.18 in March of 2009.
A casualty of the market is Boater's World. For years the store has served the area's marine enthusiasts, but succumbed to the economy in early 2009 while Brunswick shares were plummeting.
Boater's World went the way of Circuit City, closing up brick and mortar stores but maintaining a presence online.
The former store at 2308 Nesconset Highway in Stony Brook has been closed ever since. Some supplies can still be found inside and it doesn't have the look of a retail space that's been vacant for two and a half years. The store is zoned for retail business.
What would you like to see in the former Boater's World?