Calvert Retail announced that it will close its Southern Season store, located in Chapel Hill, NC, in early 2020. The store was in business for 44 years.
The closure comes three years after the gourmet housewares retailer, food and wine specialty store’s financial woes which ended with the company being sold at auction. It was purchased by Calvert Retail in August 2016.
“Southern Season is an incredible business, and I firmly believe that the concept is part of the future of retail; However it requires a more robust organization and more capital than I can provide as a small business owner,” said Eric Brinsfield, Calvert Retail owner, in a press release. “I have made the difficult decision to close the Chapel Hill retail store and focus on our online business from our facility in Graham, N.C.”
Calvert Retail also owns and operates Kitchen & Company, which has locations in Asheville, NC; Lewes, DE; Mt. Pleasant, SC; and Newington, NH. The company shuttered its Newark, DE-based location in 2018.