Littleton shops banned from displaying items on sidewalks

LITTLETON - Grandpa's Attic, a "mom and pop shop" in historic downtown Littleton, sells just about everything from Star Wars figurines to jewelry to mystical books. From the outside, the Curtice Street store doesn't do justice to the unique collection within.

The owner, Russ Robinson, says he is running into a new problem: getting people to come into the store.

The city of Littleton passed an ordinance earlier this year prohibiting businesses from using outdoor displays on sidewalks that belong to the city. Robinson was written a citation for "obstructing a right of way."

The city of Littleton said the decision was based around safety concerns, adding that officials are working with businesses to find a middle ground.

"I really don't have stores next door to me," Robinson said. "You've got to walk 60 steps down Main Street to reach my store."

The owner says putting a table outside the store and displaying items was his form was marketing that proved to be successful.

"That display is what brought people down Main Street," he said. "We had a number of customers tell us that if it hadn't been for the display, they would not have come in."

Currently, Grandpa's Attic is allowed to display outdoor items three days a month.

Robinson says he has noticed a 8 percent to 15 percent drop in business because he can't display items all month long. If nothing changes, he fears the ordinance will take a heartbreaking toll.

"I'll have to close," Robinson said. "I'll have to move and chance the location."

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