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Shorty’s Market closing, space to be remodeled; future unclear

Shorty’s Grocery store on Short Street opened in 2011. It’s closing Saturday, its owner says.
Shorty’s Grocery store on Short Street opened in 2011. It’s closing Saturday, its owner says.

Shorty’s Market & Tap Room at 163 West Short Street is closing Saturday, and the space will be remodeled, owner Bob Estes said. It is unclear what will become of the space inside a former bank.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported Shorty’s Market & Tap Room over the past 2  1/2 years. A statement will be released soon on future plans for the site,” Estes said by email.

In May 2011, a downtown grocery store and deli opened in the former Traditional Bank building, with a wine shop next door.

It closed in September 2013 after struggling to draw customers. Estes, who owns Parlay Social in the next block, bought the market and reopened it in January 2014, with a taproom and cocktails in place of the wine shop.

At the time, Estes said he planned to lower the prices on some items and feature more locally grown produce to draw more business.

Estes wouldn’t comment Thursday on what might go into that space.

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