316 College Street, Amherst
After 28 years serving families of Amherst and surrounding towns, the New England Dance Quarters on College Street is no more.
Summers are always tough in Amherst, a "college town" where almost half the population abandons ship by June 1st.
And this time of year is especial tough on high-energy fitness related businesses as most folks do not want to be indoors dancing up a storm on a gorgeous summer day.
I also have to wonder if the declining target demographic -- young families with children -- isn't also a major factor:
According to the Amherst Housing Production Plan, "Young families are rapidly declining as adults age 25 to 44 decreased from 7,323 in 1990 to 4,009 in 2010 a drop of 45.3%. The widening affordability gap will continue to present a substantial obstacle to young families being able to live in Amherst."
Meanwhile, two doors down: