The End of Little's Food Store in Cabbagetown?

After owners of the longtime grocery store and grille announce this week they will shut the doors at the end of the year, a plea for a fundraising campaign to save it comes to life.

Little’s Food Store in Cabbagetown. Credit: Hunt Archbold
Little’s Food Store in Cabbagetown. Credit: Hunt Archbold
A longtime Cabbagetown mainstay may be no longer as Little’s Food Store will close at the end of the month. Whether it can reopen sometime in 2014 remains to be seen.

Ownership of the grocery store and grill posted on its Facebook page Tuesday that due mostly to financial considerations, they would be shutting down the store at 198 Carroll Street in a few weeks.

But as word began to spread via social media Wednesday, a rallying cry began to save the store that first opened in 1929 and operated for more than seven decades before closing briefly in 2005.

But it will take money, for building repairs, licenses and more. Co-owner Brad Cunard posted on the store’s Facebook page that, “We need to secure our retail alcohol license for the upcoming year even if we are closed for a few months and that costs $5150, due before December 31st. We need another $10000 to clear up some sales tax obligations.”

Still, a growing legion of area supporters have expressed that they’re all-in. Grant Henry, the proprietor of Sister Louisa's CHURCH of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, wrote words of encouragement at the Facebook site, concluding,

“Huge success many times comes just when all seems hopeless. don't stop. Don't Stop. DON'T STOP.”

Convinced, the owners of the store have decided to organize a fundraising campaign and on Friday will shoot a video for the fundraising effort. They have asked anyone who would like to be part of the video with some words about Little's and what it means to Cabbagetown, to please come to the store between 4 and 5 p.m.

Check here for more updates on the effort to save Little’s Food Store.


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