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Shoe seller bids unhappy Trails at Kitsap Mall

"Sixteen years to the day after Track 'n Trail opened its doors at Kitsap Mall as a seller of high-end outdoor shoes, the courts accepted a bid to liquidate the store's assets and close down the chain, leaving Teva aficionados in Kitsap County with few options.I guess people will have to go online or go to Seattle - (Tevas) are hard to find, said Emily Shotwell, the assistant manager of the local Track 'n Trail.Shotwell, who was was hired in March after Lechters Houswares closed its doors, was told the company was in Chapter 8 bankruptcy proceedings, but she was optimistic that it would weather the storm. On July 31, she and other employees learned Track 'n Trail would close.That part of the mall is called death row now because Northern Reflections closed, then Lechters and now Track 'n Trail, Shotwell said.Shotwell is helping to sell the store's inventory at a 30 to 60 percent discount so it can close by Oct. 8. But the firm is no longer accepting merchandise returns, and Shotwell said that has caused tempers to flair on several occasions.Our first day (of liquidation) a woman came in with a return and she refused to leave - we had to call security, Shotwell said.The going-out-of-business sale is also disappointing, Shotwell said, because the store has been busy, but salespeople aren't benefitting because they no longer receive commission.A lot of people say the thrill is gone because we've been selling so much. But they raised our wages a little, and I'm pretty happy with that, Shotwell said.Shotwell said she is looking for work at another store in the mall.Once you're in the mall you usually get picked up by another store, she said. "

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