By David Pollard
After over 60 years in business, a shopping landmark in the Village of Great Neck Plaza has closed its doors for good.
Camp and Campus, located at 42 Middle Neck Road, had its last day of business on Sunday. The fashion store, which sold clothing for youth and adults, ended its last day with a big clearance sale during the Great Neck AutoFest and Street Fair.
During the event, plenty of shoppers came into the store, as well as customers and former employees saying goodbye to the owner. A sign on the window told people of the closing and thanked customers for their years of support.
Mark Wolf, 72, the owner of Camp and Campus, said the closing is bittersweet.
“This is my last day after 64 years in business,” Wolf said. “We’ve had a very successful sale day and after I close whatever I have left will be given to charity.”
He said that he will miss the bonds he has built over the years.
“I’m going to miss the people, the customers who I’ve had great relationships with and our staff,” he said.
His son, Mike Wolf, is glad his father decided to take a different path.
“I’m excited for him,” he said. “This guy has been working too long. It’s time for him to hang out with his grandkids.”
Jay Corn, vice president of the Business Improvement District of Great Neck Plaza, said Wolf and the store’s presence in the village’s downtown will be missed.
“It’s a sad day when a store like Camp and Campus closes,” he said. “That’s a big loss to this town.”
But Wolf said he will not fade away after closing his business. He said he plans on taking up photography and possibly getting involved in local politics.