Nearly four years after it opened, the Coffee Culture franchise was closed this spring after financial issues with the landlord.
The café, located in the old Adam Marr House at 402 Wilson St. E., was touted at the time of its opening as the type of business perfect for downtown Ancaster. Businessman Henry Krukowski, who owns the building and most of the block around the Marr house, said he was disappointed about the situation.
“We really do need that sort of business in the village,” said Krukowski, who personally worked to restore the historically significant structure that housed the café.
A notice taped on the building’s door by Bailiff Solutions Inc. of Hamilton states the business was shut down June 13, 2013. The notice identified $136,800 as outstanding and stated the bailiff had taken over the property and terminated the tenancy.
The business was a franchise, said Krukowski. Coffee Culture leased the property, stated the notice. Krukowski said he had some difficulty in making the decision to issue a landlord termination warrant to the business owners, but finally made it a few months ago.
Leah Higens, executive director of the Ancaster Heritage Village Business Improvement Area, said she didn’t know what had happened with the café.
“It’s really sad,” she said. “That business will be missed in Ancaster.”
Krukowski said there will be a new tenant taking over the Marr building, but he couldn’t say what business it will be.
“It’s the type of business that will be needed in the community,” he said. “I’m very excited about what we will have there. I will be making an announcement soon.”
Azim Akhtar, director of marketing for Coffee Culture, based in Toronto, confirmed the Ancaster location had been closed. But he said he “couldn’t disclose” why it was out of business. He said Coffee Culture is opening a new location in downtown Hamilton at King and John streets. There is also a Coffee Culture located along Centennial Parkway.
Akhtar said it would be up to the company’s research team to determine if a new Coffee Culture outlet will be available in Ancaster. At the time of its 2009 opening, Coffee Culture was billed as a bistro-style café, offering light lunches, baked goods, ice cream, gourmet waffles and specialty coffees.