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Saying bye to Rudnick's

By Kathleen Moore
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

After nearly 72 years in downtown Schenectady, Rudnick’s is closing.

The retail business has dried up, owner Linda Tolokonsky said. And while the uniform business is still good, it doesn’t need three buildings, all three to four stories tall, and the taxes that go along with so much real estate.

She pays $25,000 a year in taxes, she said — and that’s before adding in sewer, water and trash fees. Then there’s the cost to heat the huge facility. It’s astronomical, she said.

A full article on the closure is available HERE.

Her business — mostly uniforms and work clothes — has simply shrunk to the point where it needs a much smaller space.

“We don’t need all this front. It’s got so many floors we don’t use,” she said. “Insulation, as far as we can tell, is newspaper.”

A video from last month about Rudnick's is available below.

Rudnick’s grew rapidly between the 1940s and the 1970s, when General Electric workers filled the downtown during their hourlong lunch breaks.

After massive layoffs at General Electric, most of the downtown retailers closed.

Rudnick’s survived until now. Tolokonsky had hoped that the Metroplex Development Authority would bring back customers for retail businesses, though she said she never expected a miracle.

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