Transformed by economic pressures and changing neighborhoods, the legendary hubcap shop and museum, started in 1982 by the "Diva of Chrome" Jane Withers , has gone online and by phone only.
"The nature of the business has changed," said Jim Chappell, who bought the franchise from Withers in 2008 and moved it west from Colfax Avenue near Jasmine Street to a now-shuttered Capitol Hill storefront at 410 E. Colfax Ave. "Everyone struggling to make it work. But our overhead was $6,000. We just couldn't do it."
Many people thought that a tough economy might boost business at Hub Cap Annie. After all, people were repairing rather than buying new.
"But the truth is, if you're a single mom who needs gas, a gallon of milk and a hubcap, and have money for only two out of three, what are you going to leave off?" Chappell said.
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The store will continue to do business through its website (www.hubcapannieusa.com), which is still under construction, and you can call them at 303-399-2277.
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