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Army Navy Surplus Market closing after 75 years

7:44 PM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- After 75 years, the Army Navy Surplus Market is shutting its doors for good and many don't want to see it go.

"I hate to see it close because it was convenient for me and a lot of people in this neighborhood," said Tampa resident Al Kelly.

For some, it brings back childhood memories and, for others, it's about getting a good deal.

Many came rushing to get a final glimpse of this downtown Tampa landmark and owner Nick Potamitis said this early retirement wasn't planned but his health is keeping him from staying open.

For now, many are scrambling to find and stock up on their some of their store favorites. From military dress boots, to camouflage and hats, to machetes, the store has sold a vast array of gear and tools all made in the U.S. and that's what keeps many customers coming back.

"It's where you can get the real stuff. I don't think there are any stores that sell stuff like this. Everything is imported from China which is sad," said long-time customer John Armes.

"I'm former military and I'm always looking for things that are appropriate and good to use. They have great buys here and good stock," said veteran customer Paul Couture.

This store has been packed since it opened early this morning and the owner Nick says he expects it to stay this busy until he sells every last item in the store and he closes the doors for good.

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