- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 13, 2020

A Michigan music store owner gave a tearful interview with local media saying he is closing his doors for good after the ongoing coronavirus-related lockdown imposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer left him unable to pay his bills.

“It’s not just the closing of a stupid store. It’s the closing of a dream,” Steve Walker, owner of the Walker Music and Textile Company in Hastings, said before bursting into tears during an interview this month with FOX 17.

Mr. Walker, who runs the store with his wife and son, said they are closing up their business of 11 years after several failed attempts to get financial assistance since Ms. Whitmer deemed the store “nonessential” on March 24 due the coronavirus pandemic.

“There was only $32,800 grants for Barry County in total,” Mr. Walker said. “Of that $32,800, five businesses were the recipient of that money.”

Mr. Walker said their landlord is letting them out of their lease early, so they’ll sell off their inventory at a discount until they close for good next month.

Mr. Walker said he blames Ms. Whitmer for killing his dream.

“I’ve been sitting here for 60 days watching my neighbors do business day in and day out,” he said, The Blaze reported. “They aren’t thriving, but they are surviving. There’s no reason in hell I couldn’t have done the same thing. None. And that’s what makes me angry.”

“I put the responsibility of that on the governor’s shoulders because if she had been reasonable, this would not be happening,” he said. “But oh well. That’s the way it is. That’s life. And, I have to move on and deal with it.”

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