‘The Black Hole’ Closing Forever Nov. 3

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Barbara Grothus, President of Los Alamos Sales Company, a unique salvage store affectionately dubbed “The Black Hole,” has announced that the business will close to the public on Nov. 3.

The business, established in 1953, has operated at 4015 Arkansas Ave., in Los Alamos since the 1970’s.

The family has an agreement with Alex Williams of Pasadena, Calif., to remove the remaining contents of the buildings starting on Nov. 5.

The business will remain open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 3.

“Alex worked with my father for years, and we are happy to have him remove what is left after the sale,” Grothus said.

Edward Grothus, the company’s founder and internationally known anti-nuclear activist, died in 2009. His wife Margaret Grothus died in March of this year.

‘With this notice, our customers will be able to have a last look at what remains since our liquidation sale. There is still a lot of usable material, and we continue to hope for the highest and best use for what is still there,” Grothus said.

Following the removal of the bulk of the materials that remain, there will be an opportunity for the public to purchase shelves, fixtures and tools, and possibly more “free-cycling.”

Those details will be released at a later date.

‘We appreciate the outpouring of support for the business and for Ed Grothus during the sale,” she said. “We were so happy to have so many people visit “The Black Hole” and purchase things they can use.”

Contact Barbara Grothus at 505-235-9529.


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