West Point Market’s final day scheduled in Akron
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Saturday, Sept. 15, appears to be the final day for West Point Market, ending more than 80 years for the family-run grocery, with one qualifying condition:
“Unless we run out of food (sooner),” owner Rick Vernon said.
Vernon urged those who hold gift cards to redeem them now and also to consider bringing their own bags. The store is out of its white paper-handle bags with the West Point script.
The store got its start in 1936, moved in 1940 to its Wallhaven location, sold to Whole Foods in 2015, then relocated in 2016 to its present spot on Shiawassee Avenue off of Ohio 18.
Vernon attended court proceedings this week to move the store from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
It was a place for luxury goods, where you went for an array of specialty items, a wide selection of cheeses from all over, fresh olives, a huge selection of wine and more.
It’s too late to grab a deal on wine, though: No full bottles remain. Only three special large-format bottles, empty and used for display purposes, sat on shelves as of Tuesday morning. They are for sale.
The store still has several dozen craft beers, marked 20 percent off, remaining in its cooler. Bins holding various coffee beans ranged from empty to full. Other shelves had limited quantities of food. And trays usually lined with cookies and sweets were mostly empty.
West Point’s closing imminent
A look at the family-run store