Vancouvers Cameo Main Street Loan and Pawn Shop fading to black

first_imgHoward Zidell remembers when there were six pawnshops in downtown Vancouver.Having worked in Cameo Main Street Loan and Pawn Shop and its predecessor since the early 1950s, the 70-year-old Zidell remembers a lot more about what once was the city’s retailing epicenter.Today, there are only three downtown pawnshops.After mid-November, there will be two.Zidell and business partners Donald and Susan Morgan have decided various factors make this an ideal time to close the transaction counter for good. The store that Zidell’s father purchased in 1955 will cease doing business with a Nov. 17-18 auction of inventory, including office items.A thriving economy, internet competition, a lack of foot traffic and the owners’ ages figured into the decision to close, said Zidell. He said there would be no attempt to sell Cameo Main Street and that no heirs are interested in taking over — as Zidell did from his father.His father, Theodore “Ted” Zidell, purchased Main Street Loan in 1955 when it was located at 904 Main St. The 93-year-old Ted Zidell, once a well-known fixture on Main Street, now lives in a retirement home. Main Street Loan had been in business for perhaps a decade before that purchase.Main Street Loan moved to 902 Main St. in the mid-1970s. It moved in 1982 to its present location — a 4,000-square-foot retail space at 604 Main St. in the historic brick Schofield Building. Main Street Loan merged with Morgan’s Cameo Loan in 2003.last_img