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Scooter Store Calls it Quits

September 23, 2013

NEW BRAUNFELS, TX – A national mobility provider that once ruled the television airwaves announced it will begin “winding down” in the next few weeks. As reported by the San Antonio News Express, the New Braunfels, Tex-based Scooter Store is going out of business.

Amidst bankruptcy reorganization and a federal fraud investigation, company officials determined the time was right to throw in the towel. The Scooter Store Web site still shows no sign of the impending closure, instead proclaiming a “continuing commitment to customer mobility” through a process of “business revitalization.”

According to the News Express, the Scooter Store once employed more than 2,400 people at its peak and was New Braunfels’ largest private employer. As of last week, it had about 200 employees at its headquarters, and about 170 spread over 55 distribution centers around the country.

“The Scooter Store team worked long and diligently to develop a new path forward for the company,” the company said in an official statement. “During these last months, our employees worked tirelessly to service existing patients and customers responsibly. Every effort has been made.”

The final straw for the Scooter Store’s Board of Directors came when the Texas-based company was cut off from Medicare business. A company representative said that Medicare accounted for about three-quarters of the Scooter Store’s business.