February 27, 2024

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An almost $4,000 hire hike prompted the closure, the proprietor stated. Neighboring Dolce will transfer into the situation after alterations.

The Connah Retailer

The North Finish’s iconic Connah Retailer on Hanover Avenue was all of a sudden boarded up this week after greater than 30 years in enterprise, the proprietor stated, making room for a close-by gelato store to broaden.

An almost $4,000 hire hike prompted the closure, though proprietor Mark Petrigno stated he had already been considering closing the Hanover Avenue landmark as he neared retirement.

The Connah Retailer was paying $5,300 in hire every month, however the landlord not too long ago requested for $8,750, Petrigno stated.

The Connah Retailer opened in 1992. Petrigno, a North Finish native, and his father scoured Hanover Avenue for a spot earlier than opening at 270 Hanover St. 

The Connah Retailer on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Emily Holmes

The shop’s final day was New 12 months’s Day. Petrigno stated it was gutted the subsequent day.

“I simply took with no consideration the impression that it had on the neighborhood from the opposite aspect of the counter,” he stated. “The phrase bought out I used to be closing, unhappiness throughout. Individuals like, ‘I can’t consider this, the place am I gonna go? The place are we gonna go?’

“Nowhere. There’s nowhere that’s nonetheless open after 11.”

Gelato store transferring in

Dolce, a gelateria subsequent door, might be increasing from 272 Hanover into 270, in keeping with permits for the development. The alteration allow says the property plans will “lengthen current espresso store into similar tackle and similar property, eradicating grocery retailer.” 

Dolce is owned by Frank DePasquale’s firm Depasquale Ventures, which owns a number of North Finish eating places like Bricco, Il Panino Trattoria, Mare Oyster Bar, and Quattro.

Fond reminiscences of ‘mayhem’

Petrigno stated he’ll miss the “mayhem” of the shop on Hanover and Parmenter. He spent 31 years not simply promoting cigarettes, lottery tickets, and snacks however making a secure area and late evening group in one among Boston’s iconic neighborhoods. 

“Simply to preserve the neighborhood. Not a lot for me to make a revenue, to make a dwelling however to serve the neighborhood that I grew up in,” Petrigno stated about opening the Connah Retailer. “It wanted it. It wanted the shop.”

He remembers chatting with locals, particularly to encourage sobriety. His fondest reminiscence was supporting a younger neighbor to remain sober for a yr.

“We had folks hanging out and we talked for hours. I all the time went in at midnight until two or three within the morning,” Petrigno stated, “speaking music, speaking sobriety, speaking all the pieces. Simply the good conversations I’ve had with folks from everywhere in the world… it was a really attention-grabbing retailer surely.”