When Hubbell & Hudson first decided to close its market and cooking school in January, the store announced it would close March 12 or sooner. With the day rapidly approaching, the "or sooner" part is looking more and more likely. The store's marketing director Haydar Kustu tells CultureMap that store executives will meet March 1 to evaluate whether the store will close as soon as that date.
Hubbell & Hudson has already stopped ordering dry goods and frozen foods but continues to order meat, dairy and produce, according to Kustu. That lack of inventory may be another reason for the market to shutter, but don't expect any deep discounts. "We are NOT going out of business, but changing our concept," Kustu writes in an email. "There will not be a 'fire sale' but sales opportunities to help us reduce the inventory even further. I recommend everyone to stay in touch with us on social media for our announcements."
The company declined to confirm rumors that one of the reasons for moving up the date is that too many employees have already found new jobs and left the store.
After the market closes, Hubbell & Hudson will convert a portion of the space into additional private dining rooms and a new chef's table to showcase Austin Simmons' cuisine. Those changes should be complete later this summer.
As for the rest, "the landlord (Black Forest Ventures) is pursuing some options on this space right now, in talks with some other restaurants and retail businesses who would like to set up shop here in the Waterway Avenue," Kustu writes.
Woodlands residents who want to stock up should hurry. Currently, the store has extended its 25 per cent employee discount to all customers, but time is running out.