Doors closed, lights out at Tesseract Tech

Times Colonist
Published: Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Doors were shut and the lights out yesterday at Tesseract Technologies on Yates Street.

The store's automated answering service was functioning, as was the website, indicating that the store should have been open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tesseract owner Rick Wiertz could not be reached.

Pedestrians stopped to peer in the windows, where bare shelves could be seen. Metal containers advertising steeply discounted merchandise, such as iPod accessories and games, stood by the front window.

Last week, the store's future appeared shaky when a liquidation sale was announced and much of the retail floor at 966 Yates St. was cordoned off. A sign recommended that customers wanting service go to nearby London Drugs or DTI Computers. Another sign said only cash was accepted.

No information signs were posted yesterday at the store.

Tesseract was an early force in computer sales and service in Greater Victoria, starting more than 25 years ago when it opened downtown