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Gay-owned Poster Hut closes today after 44 years

Gay-owned Poster Hut closing after 44 years

Mike Abbott, owner of Poster Hut on Cheshire Bridge Road, confirmed today the store is closing after being open for 44 years.

"I'm pretty much devastated but I'm trying to do the best that I can," Abbott, who is gay, said this afternoon.

An employee said yesterday the store was closing, but wasn't sure when.

Abbott, 61, bought the iconic Atlanta store four years ago from Gary Goldberg. Goldberg still owns the building the store is located in, Abbott explained, and Goldberg is evicting Abbott for being behind on rent.

"I passed too long on the rent. I was told to get out by tonight, basically, that I had to be out by Dec. 16," Abbott said. "I was given a week's notice."

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Poster Hut closing after more than 40 years

Creative Loafing is reporting that Poster Hut, in business for 44 years and catering to a large gay clientele, is closing Thursday.

CL reporter Gwynned Stuart called Poster Hut on Cheshire Bridge Road to see if it was indeed closing on Thursday. The employee who answered the phone told her he "thinks so." The GA Voice also called and was told the owner would be in the store later this afternoon. The employee who answered the phone said the store is closing for sure and there is a going out of business sale going on now. But, he added, he did not know anything about the store closing tomorrow.

"I know we're going out of business, but I don't know when," the employee said.