Closed Great Divide store fueling gift card concerns

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FLINT TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (01/13/17) - A well-known Mid-Michigan business suddenly closed after more than 30 years.

This is causing a great divide among customers who have been caught off guard.

They got no warning and neither did workers, who had been at the Flint Township Great Divide for years.

In fact, there are more questions about the closure than answers.

"I grew up around Flint my whole life, and that's always been a business that you knew of and was very unique to this area," said Grand Blanc resident Andrew Priestap.

The Great Divide, a Flint stores which featured everything Michigan and Michigan State, since the 1980s, has been closed for more than a week now, with no sign of re-opening, or even an explanation from its owners, on why.

Customers were shocked and saddened to hear of the store closing out of the blue.

"My wife and I used to have Michigan / Michigan State parties every year and we'd get supplies there for everything, and you're just kind of shocked," Priestap said.

Many customers who received gift cards are now wondering if they are worth anything, including Priestap.

"It concerns me that a business would sell gift cards, knowing that they may not be able to honor them, because they closed very soon after Christmas," he said.

Priestap wants to know if he'll be able to exchange the gift card he just received.

"I just want to be able to know how to contact them to see how this can be resolved," he said.

Calls to the owners of the Great Divide on Friday were not returned.

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