Eater received word yesterday that Local 360 Mercantile, the retail shop offering up locally sourced food and drink products, will close. The shop opened to the public on June 14, 2011. According to Owner/Operator Marcus Charles, "there just wasn’t enough volume” to sustain the business. A Local 360 rep says that the space will undergo a slight remodeling, and open as a group dining space and private event facility after Thanksgiving.
When Local 360 Mercantile opened five months ago, Seattle Weekly's Hanna Raskin asked Andrew Tarlow, owner of Brooklyn's Marlow & Sons, to comment on the trend of eateries offering up retail food items for purchase. As a modern-day pioneer in the space, Tarlow cautioned, "The dollar amount is very different," and "I don't think anyone's done it well. You have to be really committed."