Salon Island, California, (Reuters: PAUL BUCKS) – Salon Island Beauty Salon is shutting down its doors due to high costs, the owner said in a statement.
“The reason why we have closed our doors is due to the mounting costs and the increasing difficulty of running our business,” salon owner Laila Sarsour told Reuters.
She said the salon’s new owners are taking over the business.
The news was posted on the salon website on Monday.
It said that in the past four years, salon expenses have tripled to $600,000, adding that the salon had recently been forced to close several times due to rent increases.
“We will now be selling our remaining inventory to help cover the cost of the renovations,” the statement said.
“Our new owners have been working very hard to maintain the quality and beauty of our business.”
This is not an easy decision to make.
Our staff is working hard to keep Salon Island in business and we thank all of you for your continued support.
“The salon is located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in southern California, about 25 miles (40 km) from Los Angeles.
A spokeswoman for Salon Island told Reuters on Tuesday that the company had been in business since the late 1980s and that it had about 40 employees.
She declined to provide a list of its employees.
A similar salon opened in the US in 2009 in Los Angeles, a spokeswoman for the salon said.
The owners of other California beauty salons have faced similar challenges.
In 2014, a group of people formed the California Beauty Salon Alliance to fight for better working conditions and to bring salons back to California.