From the PR, with a few comments at the bottom –
There are some changes a-foot, starting with the closing of the Mississippi store. Though this location debuted in 2009 when the economy was in a full nose-dive, it steadily found its footing and gained new customers.
Our founder and owner, Peter de Garmo, and second-generation co-owner, Kevin de Garmo, have decided to focus their energies on the flagship Hawthorne location, its offshoot eating establishment, Evoe, and the Westside location within City Market NW. Bucking the trend to expand, expand, expand – the de Garmo’s want to continue to hone the intimate food shopping experience that Pastaworks began in 1983.
The Mississippi store will be closing as of today, Tuesday January 15th. Any gift certificates that were issued from the Mississippi location can be used at the Hawthorne store (including Evoe) and Pastaworks at City Market (for Pastaworks products only).
We want to thank all of our Mississippi customers. It was a pleasure serving you and we hope to see you soon at our other locations.
This closing is interesting because of what it hints at about the much heralded Mississippi avenue. After a huge boom in development over the past five years or so, is the neighborhood running out of steam? With so many homes in the area, why didn’t the store thrive? Was it too upscale? Expensive? Perhaps the New Seasons store opening nearby? It is something to think about, and makes me wonder about the viability of the area. Personally, I stopped going to the neighborhood about the time that huge apartment building went in, as I thought it ruined the feel of the street.