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Sneaker and Skateboard Shop GotSole 1981 Closes

The owner said high rents and lower traffic than expected forced him to close.

The entrepreneur behind , an apparel and skateboard shop on Centre Street, has closed his JP retail space.

"We love JP with everything in us, we just couldn't afford to stay there due to the rent being so high," said Joel Harper in an email to Patch.

Harper said the clothing store, which specialized in hip urban wear including sneakers, might open a storefront in Egleston Square in early 2013. Meanwhile, the business continues online at http://www.gotsole1981.com/.

Harper said he thanked JP and the community for their support.

The 617 Centre St. space now stands vacant.

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