After a vote by members of the Haywood Road Market and an April 25 meeting of its board, the West Asheville co-op has closed and will be closing out its inventory.
In an e-mail to its members, the Haywood Road Market board of directors announced today that the market is closing after its lease was terminated by the owners of the Bledsoe Building. The co-op had a history of financial difficulties, culminating in late rent payments and a notice of eviction in March.
The market will hold a going-out-of-business sale on Saturday and Sunday, and the board has tentative plans for a farewell party.
The e-mail announcement is below.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer
IT’S OFFICIAL: CO-OP CLOSES
Going out of Business Sale – this weekend!!
May 2 and 3 12pm-4pm
Hello Haywood Road Market owners and friends,
The owners voted to close the Co-op on April 21st, and on April 29th, the Co-op’s Board of Directors voted to uphold the owner vote. Yesterday, April 30, 2009, was the official last day the co-op was open. We want the closing to be graceful, simple, and quick. We’ve set an aggressive schedule and need help with this process, so naturally the Board is reaching out to the owners of the business (yes, that’s you).
We have volunteers coming in this weekend to host a “Going out of Business” sale and will be open both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm. There are many good people in our community, some individuals and some small businesses, that have given loans or their products to the co-op with the promise that they’ll get repaid. We want nothing more than to repay as many of these folks as possible. Do to this, we need you to come in and shop (and if you can help volunteer as well, that’s icing)! There are great deals to be had, so don’t miss out!! If we don’t sell off our inventory, we will have more limited hours. Stay tuned via email or signs at the store for this…
Oh, also stay tuned for a Going Away party – that’s right, gotta go out on a good note! Final (and short) member meeting, open forum for those interested in a buying club, music, potluck, and more! Tentatively set for Friday, May 15 and will confirm soon.
Much love to you and our beautiful community!
HRM Board of Directors