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Negotiations Underway to Save Crown Market

Community leaders are raising money to purchase and operate the West Hartford business.

Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre

It didn’t take long for the support for West Hartford’s Crown Market to come. First, it was a Change.org petition and verbal support from customers who were saddened to hear that the market was closing after 74 years.

The support continues — a group of local people in the community made an announcement — they want to raise enough money to buy the Crown Market so it continues to run with no interruption.

“We are blessed to have a community that cares so deeply about saving this precious asset, as well as saving valuable jobs,” said Henry M. Zachs in a press release.

Zachs is one of the people seeking to raise the funds. He is joined by Alan Lazowski, Brian Newman and others, who share the goal of purchasing the market and renegotiating the lease with the current landlord, Udolf Properties, according to a press release from Stacy Silk Rome of Brand New LLC.

If all goes according to their plan, the group will look into creating new offerings and modernizing the market, a place woven into the West Hartford tapestry.

“We are honored to be part of this local community-wide effort, all working together toward the common goal of ensuring that The Crown Market, a fixture in West Hartford for nearly a century, can continue to thrive for future generations,” said Zachs.

amystery726 February 25, 2014 at 07:55 AM
If they do succeed, it would be good to focus on a true deli type market (a la old Goldsteins in WH -for those who remember) with the prepared foods, "deli counter," the specialty food items for the kosher clientele, a bakery with traditional Jewish bakery items, including the old stapes of bagels, bialis, onion board, salt sticks, rugelach, etc.....no need to sell the stuff that you can get around the corner at Big Y or Whole Foods. And, have the ability to sit and have a "nosh" - a restaurant section OR where you can get a sandwich at the counter and sit and eat. Maybe a restaurant where you can get some blintzes, lox & eggs, a corned beef sandwich, matzoh ball soup....This is missing in WH and would be appreciated.
Judith Williams February 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Yes, many of us in the community are asking for the same thing: keep the deli, bakery, and butcher, add some tables and coffee. The rest can go, if necessary.
Larry Marcus February 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Agreed 100% with the above. amystery726 is exactly right!!
Stephen Louis Shumsky February 25, 2014 at 03:24 PM
This is fantastic news for both the West Hartford and Jewish comunities. I am impressed that the investors want to modernize the store. going in there, is like going through a time machine.

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