PORTSMOUTH — Philbrick’s Fresh Market plans to close its Portsmouth store and is facing legal action, accused of failing to pay for some of the food deliveries made to the store.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the store at 775 Lafayette Road said it would shut its doors this month. “Unfortunately business conditions require us to close Philbrick’s Fresh Market in Portsmouth,” the post said. The store opened its Portsmouth location in 2004. It had had a second store in North Hampton, but that one closed in January after eight years. At the time, the company said its sales were not enough to keep the North Hampton location open, but made clear that its Portsmouth store would remain.
“We were part of the growing organic, natural and local food movements when it was a real force,” the store said in the statement on the Portsmouth closure.
“We have enjoyed every minute of our service and send a big thank you to our customers. A special thank you to our amazing staff. They did not quit when we had a fire, they did not quit when we had a flood and they did not quit when we told them all their jobs were going away. We will serve you well until we close in June.” The store, which did not provide a closing date, is offering price discounts.
Meanwhile, supplier Favorite Foods Inc. of Somersworth filed a complaint against Philbrick’s and owner Philip Philbrick on Monday in Rockingham County Superior Court claiming that Philbrick owes $62,656 for food products that were provided to the store. Favorite Foods is also seeking a $75,000 attachment against the market’s bank account, Philbrick’s property and a bank account at Citizens Bank, which is also named as a trustee defendant.
“Numerous attempts have been made by plaintiff to collect payments in full and/or through monthly payments from the defendant with respect to this account,” the complaint says.
Favorite Foods claims all payments ceased as of May 23. Philbrick could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.