DENVER — Hope Tank, a staple of South Broadway in Denver, is closing its doors.
The vibrant shop has been selling gifts and highlighting local nonprofits for almost a decade.
“This is going to be the last holiday season for us in the store in this way,” says owner and founder Erika Righter. “The factors that have led to this change are layered.”
Righter says the biggest factor is the simplest: It comes down to “business.” Increased online shopping and lessened foot traffic have left Hope Tank with a decline in sales. And while sales decreased, commercial rent for the shop in a popular Denver neighborhood increased due to a new landlord.
“We did not know we were getting a new landlord,” says Righter, “and that’s a big conversation point that we need to have. I don’t really hear people talking about commercial spaces…and I think that the small business community is often left out of that conversation.”