F. Oliver’s, a specialty foods organization identified for its oils, vinegars and other refreshing elements, has shut its locale at 154 East Condition Avenue on the Ithaca Commons.
The organization is dependent in close proximity to the Finger Lakes area with shops in Canandaigua, Rochester and Clay, New York. Following observing a lot achievements at these spots, an further retail outlet opened in Ithaca in 2012 to encourage economic progress, subsequently getting a staple in the space.
“It’s been an very effective retail outlet, and it’s just one that we used a ton of time doing work to provide here to Ithaca lots of, several many years in the past,” said Gary Ferguson, government director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA). “So, it was painful to listen to that they would be closing.”
“[Ithaca] is a very foodstuff-centric local community,” he reported. “People take pleasure in heading out to take in. They enjoy buying goods so that they can cook [for] by themselves, and F. Oliver’s really helped fill that area of interest.”
Despite the fact that the retailer gained a loyal consumer base amongst locals and website visitors in Ithaca, Ferguson spelled out that a personnel shortage pressured the retail store to shut down. In mild of this, the DIA produced an on the web type for folks to submit enterprise proposals to fill this new vacancy in the Ithaca local community.
“This wasn’t a scenario of any person going out of small business mainly because they experienced a poor business enterprise design,” Ferguson pointed out. “So, we are … in the procedure of on the lookout for somebody who might want to operate a comparable variety of store … offered that there seems to be a really powerful demand and marketplace for this variety of product in Ithaca.”
Ferguson additional that the storefront will come with fixtures for specialty culinary operations and encouraged entrepreneurs fascinated in bringing a new or existing culinary-primarily based enterprise to the place to full the proposal variety. “We’re on the lookout possibly for somebody who’s accomplished this ahead of or … who’s truly intrigued in specialty meals.”
Much more details about this option is found beneath the Organization Advancement tab on the DIA’s internet site (scroll down to “New Business Opportunities”). The deadline for distributing the kind is August 15, 2022.