After 12 Years, Barsamian's Says Goodbye

Subhead: Costly Mall Venture Caused Store to Close its Doors

The lights are out at Barsamian's market even though it's the middle of the day.

Posters advertising wines, beers and pasta imported from Italy still adorn the windows of the specialty grocery store.


Food still sits on the shelves. Bales of unused plastic bags hang from their dispensers, awaiting purchases to fill them. The cash registers' liquid crystal displays are still lit--but instead of recording the prices of milk and pasta salad, they read "closed."

The sign on the door of the shop confirms the news.

"Sorry!" it reads. "Thank you for all your support. We are closed."

At about 4:30 p.m. last Thursday, Ed Barsamian closed his store's doors for the last time. The news came as a surprise not only to customers, but also to employees and indeed, to Barsamian himself.

He opened the store on March 6, 1987, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by then-mayor Walter Sullivan.

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