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Concord repair shop closes; customer cites unfinished business

A Concord lawn and garden equipment repair shop has closed.

The shop, ABS Outdoor Power Equipment, had been operating out of a rented garage space on South Main Street. According to state records, it was established in 1993.

According to online business records, Cathy Shaw was the president of the business, while another woman, Christina Geisser, was the owner. Neither could be reached yesterday for comment.

Steve Cate, the co-owner of a neighboring auto repair business, said the 3,000-square-foot shop was emptied over the weekend, and that Shaw had informed him about a month ago that her business was closing. He did not know the reason for the closure.

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce had no information on the shop, and the city assessor’s office listed only the space’s landlord, Automotive Supply Associates Inc., in its database. An employee at Automotive Supply Associates said he did not have access to information regarding the tenant business.

The New Hampshire secretary of state’s website listed Concord attorney Bill Hart as the shop’s registered agent, a go-between for tax and debt collectors. Hart said he could not comment on Shaw or the business, or provide any contact information.

Cate said he spoke with a man in recent days who had come by the business and asked what had happened to it and whether it would return equipment he had brought there for repairs.

The garage itself appeared empty yesterday. A sheet of paper taped to the window read simply: “Closed / Sorry!!”

According to online descriptions, the business specialized in weed eaters and lawn mowers.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319,
jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

Will the President and/or Owner (has to be one of them) have theft or grand theft charges filed against them depending on value. Any person who had personal property there should have been notified before it was moved from the site. If that property was removed from the site (for safe keeping and pick up) without notification to the owner, is that not stealing it.

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