Chapel Hill, N.C. – Three years after filing for bankruptcy, gourmet food retailer Southern Season will close its doors in Chapel Hill, its parent company announced Monday.
Calvert Retail officials said in a press release that the Chapel Hill dealer would close early next year.  The Weathervane Restaurant in the Southern Season is already closed.
"The Southern season is an incredible business and I firmly believe the concept is part of the retail future; however, it requires a healthier organization and more capital than I can provide as a small business owner," said Calvert Retail owner Eric Brinsfield.
Brinsfield said that the focus would shift from retail to online business of the Southern Season from the Calvert facility in Graham.
Other Calvert Entities, Including Kitchen and Kitchen Business Stores in Asheville and Mt. Pleasant, S.C., will remain open.
In June 2016, the Southern Season filed for bankruptcy protection. A few months later, Delaware-based Calvert Retail purchased the Southern Season for $ 3.5 million at auction.
The Southern Season was founded in 1975 by Michael Boss.
"For 44 years, business has played an outsized role in the Triangle food community. This is undoubtedly because of the incredible Southern Season people who continue to amaze me every day," Brinsfield said.
The southern season is located on University Place, which is currently undergoing reconstruction.