Front end of Main Street loses another local business

  • The storefront for The Little Creperie is shown Tuesday. The restaurant closed this past weekend. Caitlin Andrews / Monitor staff

  • The storefront for The Little Creperie is shown closed on February 12, 2019. The restaurant closed this past weekend. Caitlin Andrews—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 2/12/2019 5:33:48 PM

The front end of Concord’s downtown has lost a third storefront in under a year.

The Little Creperie, known for the variety of crepe and waffle flavor mixings it offered, closed abruptly this weekend, according to a Facebook message Saturday. It has been around for about three years.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure cooking for you, which makes it difficult to announce that tomorrow, February 10, will be our last day. And not for lack of business, so please don’t be sad!” the post read in part. “We’re excited to focus on our families, and we hope that when you see us around town, you’ll say hello.”

The Little Creperie did not respond to an email requesting comment.

Just a few doors down and three days before, Wellington’s Marketplace, a deli and specialty wine and cheese store, also closed its doors with little notice. That business has also been around for about three years.

Both those business were relatively young compared to Bead It!, who operated in the downtown for 15 years before closing its doors last year so owner Donna Nordlund could retire. That storefront is still papered over.

It’s hard to say what the future of those fronts hold; a recent casual observation of Main Street storefronts showed that at least nine are currently occupied by banks and financial institutions. While members of Concord’s business community have said banks are good, stable tenants, they do not drive people into the downtown area to shop and eat.

It’s unlikely the Wellington’s Marketplace space will see such a tenant anytime soon. The building is owned by Mark Ciborowski, who has previously said he is against bringing banks into his storefront.

Remi Hinxhia, who owns the Creperie building and its neighbor, Remi’s Block, was unable to comment for this story.

(Caitlin Andrews can be reached at 369-3309, or on Twitter at @ActualCAndrews.)

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