Monday, June 24, 2013

West Main Coffee Depot closing

By dclark

Employees at West Main Coffee Depot, located in downtown Christiansburg, will pull their final shots of espresso on June 28. Founded in 2003, owner Tacy Newell says it is the right time.

The West Main Coffee Depot, which has satisfied Main Street's cofee needs since 2003, will close its doors for good on June 28. Photo by Deanna J.P. Clark.

The West Main Coffee Depot, which has satisfied Main Street’s coffee needs since 2003, will close its doors for good on June 28. Photo by Deanna J.P. Clark.

“Business has gradually declined since 2009, and we just made the choice to close while it was still a choice for us,” Newell said. “Downtown Christiansburg is just not the commercial hub we thought it had the potential to be.”

The shop, which has attracted die-hard customers over the years, will remain open Mon.-Fri. from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., then will close its doors for good on Friday afternoon, June 28.

Newell and her husband, Michael Foutz, have enjoyed operating a family business where four of their five children worked at one time or another.

“It was fun introducing a traditional coffee house to Christiansburg while supporting many community initiatives.  Our relationships with authors, artists, musicians and local vendors have been very rewarding.  Our customers are all very special to us. Many have become extended family,” Newell stated.

Newell and Foutz purchased the 100-year-old building in 2003 and began renovations. The lower level of the building houses the coffee shop and a custom golf shop. Renovations where completed on the upper floor in 2010. They will retain ownership of the building while they consider their options for the future of the space.

The property, located in a newly designated historic district, will be advertised for lease and is zoned for retail, restaurant, professional offices or residential use. The site will continue to be available for private events, yoga and workshops until a decision is made about the next tenant.

“I cannot imagine how many coffee beans have passed through here over the past ten years, but the memories we’ve shared and the friends we’ve made are priceless,” Newell said.

By Aaron Atkins

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