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By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Foodieâs 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 Foodieâs as well as two Consignment Goods stores, said of the closing âIn the end, it was a relief. It wasnât doing enough business to keep it going.â
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.
âWeâre open to everybodyâs suggestionsâ 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.
âItâs been a lot of stress,â Zajas said of trying to keep the restaurant afloat. âUnless youâre here all the time itâs hard to run a food business. When youâre split between two businessesâ itâs especially challenging.
On Monday, Falveyâs linen company made a final run collecting soiled tablecloths and other items; Zajas signed a document discontinuing service.
Foodieâs had 12 part-time employees.
Management has acknowledged that becoming jobless as the holiday season approaches is problematic.
âPeople who were really dependent [on Foodieâs paychecks] weâll try to help with hours at our consignment store.â
Martha Smith is an award-winning journalist and author. Retired, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.