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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Epicure Market closed?

I was shocked to find out that Epicure Market in Coral Gables closed. It happened during my New York trip earlier this month so I just found out. I can't say I am surprised, their prices were crazy and the staff lazy, but still I liked the place, although I must admit that I would only go there when I had to get something that I couldn't get elsewhere.

A friend wrote this:

"The closing of Coral Gables Epicure in less than two years is no surprise to those of us that tried to shop there on several occasions. Many of us in the Gables and Coconut Grove where very excited when we first heard the good news that Epicure was to establish a location in our neighborhood. A friend living in the Gables just down the street bragged that his property value just increased by five percent. Large crowds of Epicure Fans attended the first few weeks of its opening and where most impressed with the layout, quality of the products and the courteous service that staff provided. But soon the reality began to set in, when it became evident that Epicure was pricing themselves out of the market. Perhaps they mistook us for the Golden Beach, La Gorce, Bal Harbor, Fisher Island crowd. I and others spoke with some of the mangers and explained that their prices where way above those of even the pricey Whole Foods. We strongly suggested that they make their prices more reasonable or they would soon lose any good will they had from their supporters. Regrettably they did not take the warnings seriously enough and soon few neighbors returned to shop.  It’s a shame that management was not successful in convincing the owners to stop gouging the public. Many hard working employees will now have to find other jobs and Epicure has left a bad taste in the mouths of many neighbors that wanted them to be successful here."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps people found out it was built on (what once was) an "Old Smokey" toxic waste dump. Old Smokey was just across S. Dixie Highway.

July 21, 2015 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

I was so upset! I had been shopping in South Beach for years, but never went for a long time because of the construction on Alton Road.
So many prices were so out of sight, but, I steered away from them ..
I went straight to getting the best coleslaw ever, then to the soups (4 servings each!) delicious and fresh! And, the prepared pastas and desserts-mostly $5.00 each and a good portion and delish.
Otherwise, the deli, meats, wines, etc. were so overpriced.
Once I ordered a half pound of roasted veggies, and the price was $15.00!!!! I put them back fast.
I hear a furniture store is going in the location-how awful.

July 21, 2015 5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The former Old Smokey dump site(one of them) was a rock quarry located on Douglas Road & SW 28 St in the City of Miami, where Douglas Park is now located(& scheduled for remediation of toxic waste. Merrick Park is in a different location stretching from the East side of Ponce all the way to LeJeune Rd. Deel Ford used to have a showroom there for many years. You can refer to the Old Smokey website for more info & helpful links.

July 21, 2015 8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old Smokey needed many places to dump its toxic waste (well before Deel Ford existed). The areas surrounding Merrick Park, such as where Epicure Market is located was one such area. That is according to life long local residents who lived through that era. Of course we know there were many other landfill dump sites for Old Smokey waste, such as what is now Blanche Park, on Shipping and Virginia. It wasn't Blanche Park back then.

July 22, 2015 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just one day after the Epicure Market closed its doors in Coral Gables, furniture retailer Robb & Stucky has announced it will open in the store’s former location. The Epicure Gourmet Market & Cafe ran a 24,000-square-foot store out of the Gables Ponce mixed-use building for about a year and a half before it shut down operations Tuesday. The gourmet offerings included a bakery, butcher, juice bar and a 5,000-bottle wine display. Now, Robb & Stucky will take the place of Epicure as Gables Ponce’s main retailer. The store will open in the winter of this year, according to a release. Darin Botelho, the vice president of commercial real estate for developer Gables Residential The location will feature about 100 room settings, and will take advantage of the building’s built-in parking garage.

July 24, 2015 2:05 PM  

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