Less than a year after it opened, Constantino’s Market is closing its only Rochester location. Two workers confirmed to News 8 the store is closing on February 13.
A memo sent to workers read in part, “The joyful anticipation we had when we opened the store was regrettably not met with the same level of sales as was projected.”
Constantino’s opened with a lot of fanfare in April 2015. The grocery store at College Town was considered an anchor of that development. The prospect of a grocery store near University of Rochester was used as a selling point to get the city to loan the entire College Town development $20 million. The grocery store itself received a $750,000 low-interest loan. It also received sales tax abatements worth $75,000.
College Town’s developers sent out a press release touting the fully-rented housing units and restaurant offerings. Over the next 60 days, Bar 145 and Texas de Brazil will open.
“I’d like to personally thank the owners and management of Constantino’s Market for their early commitment to expand their business into Rochester, and I wish them much success in the future,” said Joel Seligman, President of University of Rochester in a statement.