Owner cleans out shop, leaves without a word.
This story was written by Jeff Lipton.
Bi-Wise Drugs and now Avenue Café.
large adjacent shops in the heart of Long Beach have closed within a month, but
it’s a mystery why Avenue Café, at 20 W. Park Ave., shut its doors for good last
seems like they moved out in the darkness of night,” city Buildings Department
Commissioner Scott Kemins said of the café. “Maybe it was some kind of economic
Kerr, president of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, said the sudden closing
also took him by surprise.
have no idea,” Kerr said. “I’ve been trying to find out. I put in a call to
[the owner]. It happened overnight. He never mentioned going out [of business]
or anything like that.”
at 26 W. Park Ave., was recently bought out by the nearby Rite-Aid
and it is
not known what will become of that property.
said with the closing of two large businesses in the middle of town, he is a
nothing to panic about,” Kerr said. “But having two empty stores like that is
terrible. We don’t want there to be empty stores, but I’m sure they will get
people in there.
come in and stores go out,” Kerr added. “We’re very lucky in Long Beach because
the stores rent over here.”
said that since they are two large stores, they could possibly be subdivided
into smaller businesses.
just went out of business,” said one Long Beach business owner, who did not
want his name used. “They shut their doors on Sunday [Sept. 23] at 5 p.m.,
didn’t let anyone in and took everything out of the place. I stopped there and
handed their employees my card to see if they needed jobs.”
local realtor, who also didn’t want to be identified, said she was shocked to
see the café had closed.
saw a truck empty it out and nobody knows why,” she said. “It looked like they
were always busy for lunch and fairly busy for breakfast. He just took
his equipment, didn’t say good-bye to anybody and just walked away.”
realtor said she thought it was odd that the café, which had opened around 6
a.m., started opening around 10 a.m. for breakfast starting about five weeks
ago, when most people were already at work.
said she is not worried at all that two major businesses have now closed their
doors in about a month. “It doesn’t look good for Long Beach, but I feel like Long
Beach is a thriving city,” she said.
Avenue Café is a former site of Monterey and Corbin & Reynolds before that. Phone calls
left at the café were not returned.
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