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By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Foodieâ€™s of Wickford, the gourmet shop and bistro which opened this past January at 21 West Main St. â€“ the owners previously sold high-end chocolates and imported cheeses in a building behind the restaurant â€“ has closed.
Jim Zajas, a partner with Craig Schennum, in Foodieâ€™s as well as two Consignment Goods stores, said of the closing â€śIn the end, it was a relief. It wasnâ€™t doing enough business to keep it going.â€ť
The building is the previous site of Bagelz and Wickford Gourmet and has a full kitchen. Zajas said he and Schennum will rent the space which has two floors. They are uncertain about leaving the antique furnishings and other components.
â€śWeâ€™re open to everybodyâ€™s suggestionsâ€ť about what type of enterprise should take over the property. The building at the back, known as Consignment Goods II, has been available for lease for some time.
The main Consignment Goods store recently moved into the former Gable House furniture store on Post Road.
â€śItâ€™s been a lot of stress,â€ť Zajas said of trying to keep the restaurant afloat. â€śUnless youâ€™re here all the time itâ€™s hard to run a food business. When youâ€™re split between two businessesâ€ť itâ€™s especially challenging.
On Monday, Falveyâ€™s linen company made a final run collecting soiled tablecloths and other items; Zajas signed a document discontinuing service.
Foodieâ€™s had 12 part-time employees.
Management has acknowledged that becoming jobless as the holiday season approaches is problematic.
â€śPeople who were really dependent [on Foodieâ€™s paychecks] weâ€™ll try to help with hours at our consignment store.â€ť
Martha Smith is an award-winning journalist and author. Retired, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.