Downtown Concord’s Wellington’s Marketplace finds new owners

  • The sign for Wellington’s Marketplace hangs above its Concord storefront. Wellington’s is set to have new owners, according to a post on the store’s Facebook page. Courtesy of Debra Barnes

  • Wellington’s Marketplace Caitlin Andrews / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Monday, September 11, 2017

Wellington’s Marketplace fans fear not: A buyer has come forward to purchase the Main Street wine-and-cheese shop, and an opening date may be scheduled in the next few weeks.

Owners Debra and Randy Barnes broke a lot of hearts when they announced in June they would be selling their business as part of a cross-country move to New Mexico for Randy’s new job. On Wednesday, they announced on Facebook that Wellington’s would be in new hands by Thursday morning, and that everyone’s favorites – the Korean Pork Burrito and the Italian sandwiches – would remain on the menu.

“Rest assured that all of Wellington’s classic recipes will be sold with the business,” the post read. “We will work closely with the new owners to be sure that everything you loved about Wellington’s before, is exactly the same!”

Debra Barnes said the new owners have previously lived in Concord and are currently New Hampshire-based. Although they are not ready to come forward yet, Barnes said they are excited to take the business on and are planning a soft opening in the coming weeks.

It’s a bittersweet moment for the Bow-based couple.

“We had to put some personal stuff on hold while we were trying to sell the business, which we hoped would happen sooner than later,” Barnes said. “But it’s a little melancholy – it’s the same feeling you get when you raise a child and it’s ready to go off on its own.”

Previously, the Barneses estimated their business to be worth about $150,000, but said they were asking $75,000 for the assets, inventory and brand. Barnes said they got just about that for Wellington’s.

The new owners will also be inheriting two former Wellington’s employees and the support of the Concord community, Barnes said.

“We can’t thank our customers enough for everything they’ve done for us,” she said. “Even when we were closed, people were on our Facebook pages liking it and commenting on what they used to order.”

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