DURHAM — Operators of the Durham Market are looking for new owners to take over the longtime deli, grocery and butcher shop on Main Street.
Felicia Moncada, who has worked for the store on and off for about 16 years, said owners Amit and Reshma Patel and Walter and Lisa Tregoning took over operations in 2017 years ago and are looking to pass it off again. Moncada currently handles the business’ social media and marketing.
“The intention is to keep it the Durham Market and for someone to come in and take it over,” Moncada said.
The market, at 238 Main St., offers a full-service deli counter with to-go foods and a selection of groceries from organic to generic. Moncada said they’ve focused on offering a wide variety of local products and produce like eggs, honey, infused oils and herbal teas, and they have fresh breads and stuffed breads from local bakers everyday.
The two married couples, who have been neighbors for over a decade, have owned the property for about five years, but only took over operations of the business in 2017 when the former manager, who was leasing the business, needed to step away.
Last year, the couples have done a full renovation of the store, added new products to the stock and updated all their equipment.
“This was really just a side project that they wanted to basically get it back up to par so they could sell it,” Moncada said. She said the owners have full time jobs and other investments to focus on.
The listing went live about a month ago, with options for leasing. The building is 2,208 sq-ft, on 0.18 acres. “The business is available for sale at $199,000, the property at $325,000 or for lease at $2,500 per month plus utilities,” the listing says.
Moncada said the business is not at any risk of closing, even if a new owner can’t be found right away. In fact, they will start the store’s extended summer hours the day after Memorial Day, and be open until 8 p.m. everyday but Sunday, when the store closes at 6 p.m.
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