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  1. Beth Farber
    Beth Farber at |

    Very well said, as one who does not keep kosher but was in the kosher business I understand this business, I always knew this could happen and have said many times that the community needed to support the one who has been there for many years but the different factions and their lack of trust of each other always created a big divide. The orthodox ran to Adams when they had a kosher section, but that did not last, same with Waldbaums but that is also gone but the Crown stayed. The final nail was Big Y’s expansion, but wondering what is going to happen when they decide it not worth dealing with the infighting and they to decide to close. A sad day for all.

  2. BARBARA AND ALAN PORTER
    BARBARA AND ALAN PORTER at |

    IT IS A SAD NIGHT FOR OUR JEWISH POPULATION. NOT ONLY THE BEST DELI IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT A MEETING PLACE FOR OLD AND NEW FRIENDS TO MEET.

  3. Lance Goldberg
    Lance Goldberg at |

    Colin is on the right track: Crown 2.0. It doesn’t work as a neighborhood market because many others are selling the Prego, Salad Dressing, etc. for less money. It can still work as a Co-op or perhaps the way a bagel store operates: Take out, eat in and catering. Keep all of the catering operation, the butcher, bakery and 5 o’clock parts. Get rid of the aisles. Put in tables. It could still be the best deli in the community and a meeting place for old and new friends to meet. With a redoing of the Crown, perhaps Beth Bye and Brian Becker can find some state money to help the owner and Udolf, especially to keep all of the jobs.

  4. Marc
    Marc at |

    I’m surprised it hasn’t happened sooner. We didn’t keep kosher growing up (so the “my grandparents kept kosher but I don’t” stereotype doesn’t hold up for me at least–and my grandparents lived nearby), although my mom has been a more regular customer in recent years, especially for family events as she has medical issues that prevent her from doing as much cooking as she used to. But she could get food from Crown and still have company.

    I wouldn’t say the options in Boston are much better. The Butcherie has good stuff, but they don’t have produce, or more importantly, parking. All things being equal, local businesses can be great, but I don’t feel like any place in Boston that is kosher (beyond things like bagels and ice cream, which are not what we’re talking about) are attractive or convenient except to go to out of obligation, which is IMHO a pretty poor standard.

    Did they have an issue with not being kosher enough for the Orthodox community?

  5. david
    david at |

    they were a way of life for us. one of us was there every day for many years

  6. Nina
    Nina at |

    This happened to our great kosher/deli/grocer in town a few years ago. Truly felt like a loss. And it was.

  7. Gary Cohen
    Gary Cohen at |

    Don’t cry for the Crown Market, it could be worse! I have unofficially spoken with Big Y at Bishop’s Corner and they were made aware of Crown’s closing by their suppliers before the general public. They have met with their management. They are prepared to meet the demands as necessary BUT that totally depends on what those demands are (AS CONTROLLED BY US, THE GENERAL PUBLIC). Their main concern at the moment is Passover since all the Passover stock is already in house. So be thankful, New Haven and Springfield were left with no viable options.

  8. Gary Cohen
    Gary Cohen at |

    Agree with Lance 200%. Get rid of the center food aisles, they can’t compete with the larger volume stores and make it a meeting place exactly as Lance described. If town officials and other leaders of the community really want it to happen, it really isn’t all that much of an effort.

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