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Storeowner Closes Business After Armed Robbery in Princess Anne

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The owner of a popular convenience store temporarily closed his business after an armed robbery that left a store clerk injured weeks ago.

A store that was once full of life and inventory now sits quiet, dark and empty on Somerset Avenue in Princess Anne. Due to security concerns, Price Cutter's owner said he decided to close it.  

Don Hanna of Princess Anne used to work for the owner. He and others said the convenience store, once equipped with snacks, beauty products and home goods was a one-stop shop for everyone in the community as well as students at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
 
"It's a loss, it's a loss, it's a lost cause," Hanna said. "It's bad that they[the community] lost another business. Right now, there is no work here for nobody." "A lot of students who come up here now just look in the store, and they're wondering why it's not open," he said.

According to Princess Anne Police, Trevon Darden, 17, of Princess Anne and Dewayne Horsey, 16, of Salisbury, robbed the store.  Police said the teens used a knife during the incident. A store clerk suffered minor injuries. No customers were in the store at the time.

Kenneth Lipsett said his family misses the store and people who worked there. He said one of the clerk's always had a treat for his toddler.

"My son is missing her. He would always try to open the door[to see her]," Lipsett said.  

The owner did not want to speak on-camera, but tells WBOC he wants to invest in a heavier security system before reopening the store. However, money and resources are scarce. The owner said he hopes to get enough money to get the store open and running. He said he is exploring other options like leasing or renting the storefront to other business owners. No decision is final just yet.
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