Dick’s Newsstand, which for years has sold newspapers, magazines, snacks and cigarettes from its spot at 1037 N. Central Ave. in the Tracy Inn building, closed without ceremony this weekend.
The doors were locked Sunday, April 17, and on Monday a stack of delivered USA Today newspapers sat outside the darkened storefront. No sign explained why or for how long the business would be closed.
According to a worker at the Tracy Inn, employees on Friday and Saturday were told that the store was closing and that their services were no longer needed.
Paramjit and Sawtantar Jaspal, identified as the owners by landlord Dino Margaros, couldn’t be reached for comment. Calls to the newsstand were not answered, either by a person or answering machine.
Margaros, who owns the Tracy Inn, said he hadn’t heard much about the store’s shuttering and didn’t know if the business was simply closed or for sale.
While it’s not identified specifically as Dick’s, a listing on www.globalbx.com features a newsstand “adjacent to a historic building in downtown Tracy” for sale for $250,000. According to the ad, the owners are selling because of a “severe medical disability.”
Dan Schack, a longtime business owner in downtown Tracy just two storefronts down from Dick’s, hopes that someone will step in to operate the newsstand that’s been a part of the city’s business landscape since 1948.
“Dick’s Newsstand is just like a landmark,” Schack said Monday.