Reid’s Fine Foods, the specialty grocery store based in Charlotte, will close its holiday store at Raleigh’s Cameron Village on Saturday.
Get there before 7 p.m. Saturday to get some deals: The store is offering 25 percent discount on most items and 50 percent discount on all holiday items. The store is at 443 Daniels St., Raleigh, near Cantina 18.
Tom Coker, co-owner of Reid’s Fine Foods, said Friday that they were unable to continue in that Cameron Village location because they were unable to install a kitchen hood, or ventilation system. There’s a parking deck above the space that prevents that needed renovation, Coker explained.
The two Reid’s locations in Charlotte have a butcher shop, deli, fresh foods section and wine bar. The Raleigh holiday store offered gift baskets, specialty foods and local products, as well as prepared meals and appetizers made in the company’s commissary kitchen in Charlotte. Coker’s plans for a permanent Raleigh store would be to create a store similar to what is offered in Charlotte, which will require a full kitchen.
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“We’re looking for another space in Cameron Village and elsewhere in Raleigh,” Coker said. “We really want to be in the Raleigh market.”
Reid’s has a long history in Charlotte, dating to the 1930s. For years, it was a small neighborhood grocery in Myers Park that was known for personal service and grocery delivery. It also was popular for its high-end meat department, including specialty cuts and personal service from butchers, and for its well-stocked wine department.
Last year, Coker said they are considering adding four to five stores in other areas of the Carolinas in the next five years. Any new stores will stay small – in the 5,000-square-foot model, he said. However, he also said the stores will continue to focus on Carolinas-based food products.