The Buzz: Small store closures
The Buzz: A look at several 2018 buildings under construction now. (Maureen Wallenfang/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)
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A check on reports of small store or business closures shows that some have closed and others remain open or their status can’t be confirmed.
•Clothes Mentor will close at noon Friday, according to information on its Facebook page. The women’s clothing resale shop is at 307 N. Mall Drive, near the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute.
•Val’s Diner in New London closed before Christmas. Its building at 1601 N. Shawano St. is now for sale.
•Acme Pizza closed in December at N1788 Lily of the Valley Drive in Greenville. The business had been open for two years.
•Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza closed its branch at 1110 Midway Road in Menasha.
When Cena Restaurant’s building in downtown Appleton was put up for sale last year, rumors swirled that the bistro would close or move. It is at 125 E. College Ave.
Cena, however, is staying put, said owner Josh Nave.
“The building did not end up selling,” he said. “The current owners, who reside in Florida, decided to retain the building and renovate the two apartments upstairs.”
The building’s property manager, Dave Allen, said owner SOMA Corp. wants Cena to stay and hopes the renovation work isn’t disruptive to the restaurant’s business. “SOMA would love to have Josh there as long as possible,” Allen said.
Christine’s Fresh Market in Neenah has been closed over the past month, based on anecdotal reports. It’s unknown if the closure is temporary or permanent. A check of the cafe and market at 636 S. Commercial St. last week showed it was dark, but still set up inside for normal business operations.
Owner Christine Sturgis did not return voice mails or emailed messages.
Winnebago County Health Department records shows it is a business in good standing. If Christine’s Fresh Market reopens after an extended period, the department will reinspect the facility.