May 8th, 2014


Roses is closing!

Roses to close doors


CHESTERTOWN — Roses Discount Store, a fixture of the Kent Plaza shopping center for 26 years, will be closing its doors. Wilson Sawyer, president of Roses, said in a phone interview Wednesday, May 7, that the store’s landlord, the Cordish Companies, told Roses it has another use for the space. “We will be leaving before Aug. 1,” when the lease runs out, he said.
Sawyer said the local store employees between 20 and 25 people. He said the store would offer them positions in other branches, although “it’s quite a commute” for many of them. Still, he said, “we’d love to work with employees who want to transfer.” “We liked Chestertown,” Sawyer said. However, he said, the chain doesn’t plan to open in another location locally.
Mayor Chris Cerino said in a phone interview Wednesday, “It’s an interesting decision on [Cordish’s] part.” He said with the planned expansion of the Acme supermarket Cordish expected to see more business in the mall, which it manages. “Hopefully they have a plan for filling the space. It’s never good for the community to lose that many jobs,” he said.
The Roses chain is a division of North Carolina-based Variety Wholesalers. According to its website, the chain operates 112 Roses stores, mostly in the southeastern U.S. Variety Wholesalers acquired Roses in 1997. The local closing doesn’t reflect the health of the chain as a whole, Sawyer said. “We just opened four stores,” he said. John Knibb, director of development and leasing with the Cordish Companies, said on Wednesday he had no comment on the Roses closing.