by Joseph Persichetti
Penzeys Spices, at 8528 Germantown Ave, has closed as of Sunday, March 20. In a letter sent to the Local, the company explained its decision:
“We are looking for a slightly larger spot in the greater area. Hopefully one that is just as convenient or maybe even more … We’ve found over the years that trendy and exclusive locations don’t work well for us.”
While Penzeys believes that Chestnut Hill is too exclusive an area, Martha Sharkey, executive director of the Chestnut Hill Business District, believes that the area is exactly the opposite.
“Chestnut Hill continues to be a vibrant and welcoming destination for residents, visitors, and businesses alike,” she said. “We have welcomed over a dozen new businesses since 2014, with more to come in 2016. In addition, the Chestnut Hill Business District and our members work closely to create promotional campaigns, events and programming that attract visitors and shoppers to the retail corridor throughout the year.
“Penzeys Spices has been a wonderful part of our business community for a number of years. Although we were surprised to learn of their closing, we wish them the best of luck and success in their future endeavors. Our dedicated Retail Recruiter is actively working to welcome a new business into the storefront at this time.”
In the meantime, Penzeys is suggesting two alternatives that can be used in lieu of its Chestnut Hill spot: its store at 111 S. Independence Mall East in the Bourse building, which can be accessed by taking the Market Street Line, and its online website (www.penzeys.com). Its hours are Monday to Saturday from 10-6, and Sunday from 11 to-5. Penzey’s customers who have suggestions for a new location, email Penzeys at email@example.com.