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Iconic Key West store Fast Buck Freddie's to close

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Fast Buck Freddie's, the iconic Key West department store opened in 1976 by partners Bill Conkle and Tony Falcone will close at the end of May.

Falcone, who survives the late Conkle, told The Keynoter that Fast Buck Freddie's was doomed by changes in how people shop, including online, and Key West itself:

"The biggest change happened when the cruise ships arrived" in the mid-1990s, leading to a preponderance of low-price T-shirt and trinket shops on the main Old Town tourist thoroughfare," Falcone said.

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