WESTFIELD, NJ — Coming from Staten Island, New York, Vine Ripe renovated a 9,300-square-foot space on North Avenue into a small grocery store that included a fresh meat department, produce, seafood, a bakery and prepared foods in 2015.

But that store is no more, owner Frank Bruno said Friday. He told TAPinto Westfield that closing the shop was a tough decision.

“The reality is, the rigors of running a small business are tough for everyone,” Bruno said. “However, there were a litany of factors that put us in this position, maybe none greater than the building collapse early this summer. The business stoppage and losses that stemmed from that unfortunate event were irreparable.”

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As then reported, the collapse of a vacant factory building on North Avenue in Garwood had knocked out power to the area for 12 hours, including to Vine Ripe Markets.

An eviction notice seen on the entryway to the store orders Vine Ripe Markets to remove all property and persons from the building by Friday, or then face removal by a court officer.

Bruno did not have an answer for what is next slated for the building at 430 North Avenue East.

The Facebook page for the Vine Ripe Markets had been taken down by Friday and a call to the grocery’s phone number yielded a busy signal.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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