Closed business owners are turning to online auctions to sell what’s left

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — As virus rates drop in San Diego County, there are hopes the area will soon be able to reopen more businesses. But for some owners, it is already too late.

“Fuddruckers is gone for good, Harper’s Music is gone and a few others have moved to different places,” said David Mace, owner of Blackie’s Trophies and Awards on Third Avenue.

A little further up the street, you’ll find a sign that reads “Thanks for the memories” on the wall of Mangia Italiano, a restaurant that recently closed.

“Over the past three weeks, we’ve booked four different businesses that have closed,” said Jason Hanks, owner of Cal Auctions. His company is selling the Mangia Italiano gear in an online auction on Tuesday morning.

“It’s always a tough thing for us because here I’m looking to sell someone’s desperation,” Hanks said. “It’s supply and demand. Two years ago, yes, restaurant equipment was much more valuable. Today, we still sell it but for a lower price because there are fewer buyers willing to buy it.

The online auction will take place shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday and can be viewed on the Cal Auctions website.