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Now You’re Cooking Ithaca Announces Closure

Now You’re Cooking, an Ithaca, NY-based independent gourmet housewares store, will shutter after 37 years in business. Owner Jerry Martins, who co-owns the store with Barbara Lynn, said that the business has been in the midst of an uphill battle for some time, with Internet retailers like Amazon taking market share, as well as construction around the store that took almost triple the estimated time to complete.

“It was a specialty business when it first started out. As with most small businesses, the whole point is to become mainstream, and gourmet cooking has now become mainstream. There’s a lot more competition,” Martins told local news outlet Ithaca.com.

Now You’re Cooking opened its doors at a location on Cayuga St. in September 1979, and later moved to its present location on the Ithaca Commons. The store has not yet set an official closing date.



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