Dawson’s Market, a cornerstone grocery store located in Rockville Town Square, announced that they are going out of business and will close their doors by the end of October.
In a press release Tuesday, owner Rick Hood announced the market will close its doors on Oct. 27, after six years in business, due to financial concerns.
“This was an extremely difficult decision to make,” Hood said. “The Rockville community welcomed Dawson’s Market with open arms in 2012 and has supported our mission since we first opened our doors. We are grateful for this community, Federal Realty Investment Trust and especially the local farmers and vendors. Most importantly, we are thankful for our stewards for their hard work and dedication over the years.”
In the release, Dawson said it will help 62 of its employees with their job search as the market prepares to close.
Since 2012, the eco-conscious grocery store has been a pillar in Rockville Town Square, serving as both as a supermarket and local grocery store for residents in the area.
Hood, who had opened similar markets in Virginia, decided to expand his operations to Rockville in 2007, choosing to name the store after the Dawson family, who owned a home that is now a historically-registered landmark in the City of Rockville.
Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton said she is sad to see Dawson’s leaving, adding that the market served as a local grocery store and an important tenant in Rockville Town Square.
“I think it’s very unfortunate. I have spoken with Mr. Hood, and I understand his reasons but I’m very disappointed,” Newton said.
In response, the Rockville Mayor and City Council will be holding a town hall meeting on Oct. 9 at the Buchanan Room at VisArts to discuss what should replace Dawson’s.