Hartford, Conn. (WTNH) - Just months after its grand opening a marketplace in Hartford is closing its doors.
The Market at Hartford 21 says it's shutting down for a short time while they rethink their business model.
The Market at Hartford 21 has only been open 6 months. It opened to great fanfare, and it was the great hope for downtown Hartford, but now it is closed.
Back in mid-March, Mayor Pedro Segarra was on hand to welcome the capitol city's first and only full-service grocery store. It brought 89 jobs with it, all filled by local folks.
Meredith Burns had said, "I think it's great, I think they have wonderful choices for lunch and snacks, great breakfast bar, I love going there."
However, that's what it attracted, the lunch crowd from neighboring businesses, not necessarily the grocery store shopper.
Andre Budonaro said, "Didn't really know about it, to be honest with you, haven't really heard about it, until recently."
The sign was posted last week when the owners drastically cut back their hours. It was originally open until 7pm, then just 1:30pm, and now it's closed completely. They plan to re-open soon, but will have to re-work their business plan.
"I think it's very disheartening, I think it was a wonderful addition to the downtown area and it's really upsetting to hear that that might be happening," said Burns.
Customers who did come here seem to have enjoyed the experience and it's a big disappointment to the district looking to try to revitalize their area.
Hartford 21 invested $2-million while the city kicked in another $300,000 for start-up costs, but it seems The Market never quite hit its stride.
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