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Market Hall Foods Closes 4th Street Berkeley Location, Rockridge Location Remains Open; Sara Wilson Comments

Market Hall Foods Closes 4th Street Berkeley Location, Rockridge Location Remains Open; Sara Wilson Comments


BERKELEY, CA
Thursday, May 2nd, 2024

We learned earlier this week that Market Hall Foods (formerly known as The Pasta Shop) will be closing its satellite location on 4th Street Berkeley. After nearly 30 years in business, the location will be closing at the end of May. However, the retailer’s Rockridge location in Oakland is still going strong.

Sara Wilson, Owner, Market Halls Foods“Making the decision to close the store has taken much discussion and sometimes emotional deliberation,” said Co-Owner Sara Wilson, “but like all other retailers and food establishments, we have experienced post-COVID shifts in customer patterns. Historically, lunchtime was the 4th Street store’s busiest time, but more people are working from home now and not going out to lunch.” Wilson added that supply chain hiccups and disruptions not only increased prices but often made it difficult to get goods and products. In the end, she said, “All of us in the leadership group have come to believe that we will have more options for success by concentrating on our flagship store at Rockridge Market Hall.”

The closure affects 48 employees (retail, kitchen, bakery), and the leadership team is working to transition as many 4th Street employees as possible to Rockridge. According to a press release, severance packages will be offered to those who stay through closing day. In addition employee counseling services will be provided.

Market Hall Foods (formerly known as The Pasta Shop) will be closing its satellite location on 4th Street BerkeleyThe Rockridge College Avenue location is in the midst of a residential neighborhood with a transportation hub and a vibrant business district with Rockridge Market Hall as its cornerstone. Other parts of the business are headquartered in Rockridge: a thriving catering business serves customers throughout the East Bay; a robust e-commerce business attracts customers from around the country.

Wilson wanted to make clear that Market Hall is not closing the 4th Street store because the rent was raised, stating, “Absolutely not! Denny Abrams, our landlord, and his nephew Elliot Abrams have been great to work with over these decades. Fourth Street is a Bay Area treasure, a unique shopping and dining destination to be enjoyed by all. We're very sorry to leave our 4th Street home, but we're looking forward to more focused areas of growth and exploration at our Rockridge location.”

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