Shoppes at 301 prepares to close
BY TIM MEKEEL, Business Editor
The Shoppes at 301 North Queen, which combines a specialty grocery store, candy store and cafe, is shutting its doors for good.
The 5-year-old business is holding a "closing sale" today and Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. both days.
On its Facebook page, the business said closing-sale transactions will be cash only. Customers are told to bring their own boxes and packing.
"We have made the decision to close this chapter of our lives to be with our family," says a message posted by the owners.
The Shoppes at 301 North Queen opened in September 2011 at North Queen and East Walnut streets.
The owners extensively remodeled a 2,000-square-foot space that had formerly housed a district justice's office.
The Shoppes at 301 North Queen consist of the Bon App'tit gourmet specialty-grocery store and cafe, and the Bonbonniere candy store.
The owners are Mary Ellen and Ray Kauffman, plus their two daughters -- Lisa Kauffman Albright and Heidi Kauffman Sensenich, according to newspaper files.
They could not be reached for comment.
Bonbonnière debuted in June 2008 at 50 N. Queen St. in the Central Market Mall. Bon Appetit followed in October 2009 directly behind its sister store.
They developed and moved to The Shoppes at 301 North Queen two years later.