A cookware shop that shuttered its Scott’s Addition storefront during the pandemic will return to the brick-and-mortar world with a space on the other side of the river.
Accoutre, a specialty cookware shop which first opened in 2017, signed a lease last month to take over 1312 Bainbridge St. in Manchester. The store plans to open in July.
Owner Rob Bland first launched the shop at 1710 Altamont Ave. in Scott’s Addition in 2017, but closed the storefront last year due to the pandemic. He’s since operated as an online store since.
Bland said customer interest prompted him to think about a return to a physical space, and he said a lack of a physical location hurt his bottom line.
“I certainly lost business because of that,” he said. “I sell beautiful tools and you have to look at them and hold them in some cases.” In addition to cookware, knives and utensils, Accoutre sells home goods and shelf-stable pantry items.
The pantry items were introduced to the store’s product line in June. Bland plans to expand on that concept with refrigerated foods and other cooking ingredients once the new storefront opens.
Accoutre’s new home is about 790 square feet and is part of The Bridge, a recent mixed-use redevelopment by RJ Smith Cos. The new space is slightly larger than the 700-square-foot space it leased in Scott’s Addition within the former home of recording studio Sound of Music, which is planning a move of its own into an industrial area in Northside.
Bland opted not to return to Scott’s Addition because he felt the neighborhood had become less retail friendly.
“I don’t mean this in a denigrating way, but it’s just a brewery playground. It’s not very conducive for retail anymore,” he said.
In other Manchester retail news, the owner of Brewer’s Cafe just up the street plans to turn the space into a juice bar, and relocate the cafe concept to Hull Street.