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COVID Forces Racing Landmark To Close After 50 Years

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PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. - The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed yet another small business. Speed Unlimited, a beloved auto parts store that catered to racers, will shut its doors forever on November 30.

The family-owned business said it's due to the strain of COVID-19. "Due to the huge strain that COVID-19 put on us and most retail businesses this year, we’re unable to continue."

 George Mandes, son of owner Pete Mandes, said his father will retire.

Speed Unlimited opened its doors 53 years ago. George Mandes said he's worked there for most of his life. "I started here when I was a little kid, moved up through just about every department and I’m very thankful for that.  I’ve learned so much, met so many great people, and love being part of the local racing community."

Customers expressed sadness at the closing and thanked the family for their years of service.

"So very very sad, a landmark in the racing community and great people. Thank you for all the hard work, knowledge, love, and support."

"I'm sure sad to hear this news. This is THE best store Maryland has I could just cry."

"It's sad to see another small business close it's doors after all these years. Thanks for all the help you guys provided for so many years."

Mandes thanked his customers for their support over the year. All in stock items in the store are discounted by 20%. Fuel, nitrous refills, and special orders are not included.

He urged customers to support other small businesses. "Please support your local businesses and racetracks.  Their future depends on it!"

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