It’s sad to see East Hampton and Southampton turn into what Westhampton looked like 20 years ago, with many storefronts empty in the winter.

It comes down to business levels and greed. Flat out, the owners would rather have their shops empty than rent them for a price year round tenants are willing to pay.

There is a moral component to that, and not being a landlord, perhaps I can’t appreciate that situation. But being a resident and a Realtor, I can appreciate that fact that it is depressing to see empty stores on our Main Street.

Here’s an article from the NYTimes, which only skims the surface:

Charles DiSapio, the owner of Country Gear, a home furnishings store in Bridgehampton, said if he had not bought the building where he opened the business in 1982, he would not have been able to keep up with rising rents.

“I couldn’t afford to be here,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of stores go out of business because they didn’t own their building.”

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