A Richmond-based grocer is closing its out-of-state outpost after a six-year run.
Ellwood Thompson’s is closing Dawson’s Market, its Rockville, Maryland store, on Oct. 27.
Dawson’s Market opened in 2012 as an anchor tenant in Rockville Town Square, a mixed-use development about 17 miles north of Washington, D.C.
Ellwood’s spokesman Colin Beirne said Monday that the Maryland store “didn’t generate enough business to be financially viable.”
“It was an extremely difficult decision for (Dawson’s and Ellwood’s owner) Rick Hood to make,” Beirne said.
The closure was announced on the Dawson’s website earlier this month. It said 62 employees will be affected.
The Maryland store was similar in concept to Ellwood Thompson’s Carytown store at 4 N. Thompson St., complete with a bakery, hot bar and catering operation.
Ellwood’s has no other grocery locations. Its company headquarters are near the Carytown market at 3540 Floyd Ave. and it operates a cafe within VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art.
Meanwhile, Ellwood’s continues to weigh growth options in its home city.
Earlier this year, the store took over the former Burger Bach space across its parking lot at 10 S. Thompson St. in Carytown. The 1,500-square-foot space was formerly an Ellwood’s Coffee concept until around 2011, and Beirne said Ellwood’s still is mulling over how to use it.
Beirne said that with the closure of Dawson’s, Ellwood’s is keeping the prospect of another Richmond location on its radar.
“Our eyes are peeled on the up-and-coming neighborhoods in Richmond,” he said.