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Opening Arguments

Last stand

A landmark bites the dust:

Since the late 1800s, people have stopped at City News in downtown Lafayette to buy a newspaper, snack or cigar.

Customers of the independent business in a legendary location will soon have to find another place to make their purchases.

An inventory reduction sale is underway and City News -- Indiana's oldest continuous newsstand -- will close its doors in a month or two.

"Partially, it's the effect of a lack of retail (businesses) downtown. When you lose retail you lose a large customer base," said Jim Feuer, who owns the store with his brother, Bob. "I've seen a lot of businesses come and go downtown in the last couple of years."

City News first opened in the late 19th century and has been owned since 1950 by three generations of the Feuer family.

Though one's called a newstand and the other a pipe and tobacco place, it sounds a lot like Riegel's, doesn't it? In the spirit of "appreciate it while it's here," go buy a magazine or something.