After five decades in Wallingford, Sam’s Flower Stand is going out of business.
Over the years, the greenhouse and flower shop got bigger along Route 5 in Wallingford, but times have changed.
After this past Christmas, the stand closed but it won’t reopen in the spring, partly because business is down, but also because Amtrak is doing work behind the building and discovered part of the old greenhouse is on their property.
"If they didn't have to put all this other equipment in, they probably wouldn't have bothered me about it but they have to put all this equipment in,” said Sam Papale, who owns the stand. “It's 2016, not 1960 and regulations have changed and what not, it is what it is."
The problem is at the back door. For years, the family thought that the line with Amtrak was at the building’s edge but it turns out its a few feet inside, which is why the stand has to go.
"I'm sure my father is looking down on me from up there, shaking his head but it is what it is, like I said, there's not much you can really do about it,” Papale said.
Amtrak is paying for the building to come down, and Papale worked out what he called an amicable deal with the railroad.
He’s 65 and his two sons aren’t in the business, so the timing is right, even though it’s not easy.
"I had a feeling, it was just one of those things. I knew it was coming, so I decided enough was enough,” Papale said.
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