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New Canaan's Gramophone Closes for Good

Rick and Kelsey Rowley visited the Gramophone Video store Monday, sifting through a box of DVDs in hopes of finding something interesting. "We're reminiscing and trying to find a few good movies from the old days," said Kelsey, 15, picking though the boxes with her father.

All the while, workers from a storage company remained busy, clearing the shelves of inventory as the long-standing entertainment shop at 99 Main St. prepared to shut its doors for a final time.

Gramophone Video Shop completed its last day of business Monday, ending owner Jack Trifero's 38-year run with the store. Trifero was forced to close after falling behind on his rent at the 1,160-square-foot space, owned by Cody Real Estate LLC. Trifero worked out an arrangement with the owner to stay open through the end of January. Trifero said business became difficult as many of the hit movies he rented and sold became available to borrow for free from the New Canaan Library.

Trifero, a lifelong New Canaan resident, did not have much to say. "We helped people for 38 years and I will miss the staff and miss the customers," he said.

Rick Rowley recalled going to Gramophone to purchase vinyl records, something that drew a chuckle from his teenage daughter who carries an iTouch. "It's a loss to the town. It's a part of New Canaan," he said.

Terry Cody Spring, property manager for Cody Real Estate, agreed that it's tough to see the place close. "I'm sorry his business ran into problems, and I hope he stays in New Canaan," she said. "We're sorry to see him go." Spring says she would like a retail store to fill the space, not a restaurant.

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