In-Zone closes its doors

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 01, 2014 5:00 AM

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The In-Zone clothing, tobacco, and grocery store has closed indefinitely, and its space in Iowa City’s downtown district is now up for rent.

The In-Zone was also home to the Twilight Zone, a tobacco shop that sold cigarettes and blown-glass accessories.

The In-Zone, 116 E. Washington St., and sold soda, University of Iowa apparel, and snack food in addition to the tobacco products. The business previously faced issues with the sale of synthetic drugs, with the most recent raid occurring in June 2013. Federal agents raided the business that year after being suspected of selling synthetic cannabis.

Steve Pajunen, owner of Zephyr copies and printing, a partner in the strip of buildings on Washington Street, said the owners stopped paying their rent last fall and had their lease terminated sometime in December.

“They’re long gone,” he said.

There is no business currently in line to fill the spot; however, there are several businesses that are interested, said Nancy Bird, the executive director of the Downtown District.

“I think that will be figured out in the future,” she said.

Bird said she did not know specifics about the business closing but said it will give businesses an opportunity to move into downtown.

The space is available for rent through the Remax Affiliate office in Coralville.

— by Ian Murphy

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