Old East Village Grocer closing down

The Old East Village Grocer at 630 Dundas St. (Photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News.)

A grocery store serving old east London is shutting its doors for good.

The Old East Village Grocer announced its closure in a tweet on Friday afternoon.

“It is with great regret that we announce that the Old East Village Grocer will be closing its doors for business permanently on June 7, 2020,” the tweet said.

The statement said the closure is the result of increased costs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The costs related to enhanced sanitation protocols and increased security were too much for the social enterprise to bear. The statement also referred to staffing shortages, supply chain restrictions, and costs associated with “capital asset replacement.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their ongoing support,” the statement said. “It is with great pride that we were made a part of the Old East Village community and with regret that we must say good-bye. We remain committed to our clients and will continue to support them in achieving their goals through our many program offerings at ATN Access Inc.”

From now until the closing date, the Old East Village Grocer plans to reduce prices on its remaining inventory.