Companion Closes Central West End CafeST. LOUIS, MO (January 4, 2010) – Today St. Louis-based Companion announced the closing of its Central West End café, effective immediately. The café, located at 4651 Maryland Avenue, opened in 2007. Owner, Josh Allen, issued the following statement: “This past year has been a challenging one for small independent businesses like ours. While this particular retail location has struggled, we are pleased with the overall performance of Companion. Our wholesale and grocery business continues to thrive, and our other cafes have had solid years despite a difficult economy. As we look ahead, it only makes sense to focus all of our resources on the stronger elements of our business. The CWE cafe is the largest of our retail locations yet the poorest performing. In order to continue to grow strategically, we must eliminate our weakest components. In the coming year, we will be exploring the possibility of integrating our bakehouse and retail experience as well as a mobile concept. We are optimistic about the next chapter of the Companion story. It has been a pleasure to be a part of this vibrant neighborhood and we hope to have a presence here in the future as we explore new opportunities. To our dedicated employees and loyal customers, we truly thank you for your support.” Companion’s Clayton and Ladue cafes will continue to operate as is, and the company’s wholesale and grocery business is unchanged. Companion will also continue to serve the entire metro area via its Catering division. For additional information about Companion, visit www.companionstl.com. For information about the location, please contact Kent Hirschfelder at 314/616-1279.
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