OLD TOWN, Maine — Amy Albert opened Replay Sports two years ago with a dream of a local shop where families could buy used gear for their kids at affordable prices.
Now, the consignment store is about to close for good — and in doing so, it joins a growing list of Maine’s small businesses that have collapsed under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic this year.
“We can weather a storm and we have since March — that’s one thing. It is a whole other thing to weather a storm with no end in sight,” Albert wrote in a Facebook post announcing the store’s closure last week.
The past two years have been tumultuous for the small business, which began to see real growth in February and March — just before the pandemic forced it and many other small businesses to shut down temporarily.
“The timing couldn’t have been worse for us,” Albert said, standing behind the shop counter as customers trickled in and out.
Even after a two-month-long shutdown,…