A popular upscale butcher shop and gourmet store in Wellesley has closed, according to the store's owner.opening almost a decade ago.
"To our incredibly loyal and valued customers we thank you for your business and support over the years," representatives wrote on the shop's website. "It has truly been an honor and our privilege to have had 'a seat at your table' over all of these years."
Owner John Kinnealey said the 277 Linden St. store closed Jan. 18 after management noticed customers were opting to buy their meats at supermarkets like Whole Foods and Sudbury Farms.
"We were at the end of our lease, looking at a potential five-year option, and realized with trends and shopping demographics in flux, that realistically, a long-term option of trying to turn that trend around was somewhat out of our control," Kinnealey said by phone Wednesday. "We had a loyal customer base, but we were losing transactions."
He noted that the company, which merged with T.F. Kinnealey & Co. in recent years, still provides meats to other local restaurants and retail locations.
"We continue to be in a growth mode in terms of servicing the food service industry," Kinnealey said.
The purveyor of quality meat and gourmet goods also shut its original butcher store in Newton in January 2012 after 33 years of business. Founder John Dewar previously told the Globe that limited metered parking, fraying interior store space, and declining business contributed to the Newton location's closing.
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