WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) _ Citing “significant increases in competition, cost of goods, and one of the worst winters on record in a decade,” Marc Bokoff, the owner/operator of long-standing Crown Market, shared the difficult decision to close the iconic market on Albany Avenue, with friends and colleagues, Tuesday.

“We’re aware that hearing this news is as hard as sharing this news,” explained Bokoff. “If there were any other option, we would most certainly stay to serve the community we truly love. However, there are moments, passion aside, when you simply can’t fight the progress of time. For a family-owned kosher market, with more than a half-dozen national chains in all directions, it’s time for us to say goodbye.”

Business will operate as usual with all fresh meat, deli, and bakery available for sale until products are gone. To assure that there are no wasted goods, but to provide an opportunity for customers to stockpile products only found at The Crown, the store will operate until inventory has been exhausted. All catering commitments through Friday, Feb. 28, will be fully addressed

“Our biggest concern, at this time is for our team,” concluded Bokoff. “Many called this store their second home for decades, and assuredly this news is hitting pretty hard. We are working with each colleague individually to provide whatever support and referrals possible. “

For further information and updates on the closing plans, visit http://www.thecrownmarket.com or http://www.facebook.com/thecrownmarket.

“On behalf of the entire Crown Market family, thank you…one and all for your loyal support. I ask that in a reflection of our faith, that we not dwell on this short window of sadness, but on the generations of joy we all experienced from the food that this market has provided,” concluded Bokoff. “We have had a longer and greater history than most, as well as an impeccable reputation every step of the way. As a result, we all have much to be proud of.”


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