Chapel Hill's Southern Season To Close Its Doors In 2020

Nov 11, 2019

Gourmet food retailer Southern Season will close its doors in Chapel Hill, its parent company announced Monday.
Credit Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Southern Season – a destination for speciality foods and gifts in the Triangle for decades – will be shut down early next year.

The gourmet retailer filed for bankruptcy protection in 2016 and Calvert Retail then bought its Chapel Hill store and other assets.

Calvert said in a press release it will continue to sell gift baskets and packaged foods online. The company's other stores, including Kitchen & Company in Asheville, will stay open.

In 2016, Calvert Retail acquired specific assets of Southern Season stores for $3.5 million. The acquisition included all of Southern Season's intellectual property, its website, and the Chapel Hill store.

Southern Season worked hard to be the South's premier destination for gourmet and specialty food, gifts and cookware. The flagship, 60,000-square-foot emporium in Chapel Hill was the perfect playground for area foodies.

The store was founded in 1975 by Michael Barefoot, won several awards, and hosted many celebrity chefs over the years. It has had the distinction of being selected as one of the Top 25 Best Independent Stores in America. Southern Season was purchased in 2011 by TC Capital.