Make a list of every Fresno area store and restaurant that closed this year, and it can seem pretty depressing.
To some extent, it was another tough year, at least for the big national chains like Toys R Us and Kmart. They continued their avalanche of bankruptcies and closures that spilled over from 2017. But 2018 wasn’t nearly as bad as last year, which saw
40 stores and restaurants close in the Fresno area.
Some of the closures are part the normal churn of small businesses opening and closing, something that happens even during thriving economic times.
And if you need to cheer yourself up after reading this, check out the list of two dozen restaurants
scheduled to open in 2019.
In the meantime, here’s a look at what closed in 2018:
, a downtown coffee shop formerly called Dale Bros., 8th Notch Coffee & Gifts closed this fall.
, the framing store Aaron Brothers in River Park was part of a massive nationwide closure.
, the Mediterranean restaurant with a German twist at Cedar and Herndon avenues closed earlier this year. Berlin Street Grill
at Sierra Vista Mall closed late this year. The company still has its Old Town Clovis location, Blast 825 Blast & Brew.
, the little coffee shop at Fulton and Calaveras streets, Brew Fix closed in May and was replaced with Ohana Pantry.
’ owner was a hardcore supporter of downtown, but said revitalization just Casa de Tamales didn’t happen fast enough. The Fulton Street location closed in February, but its Olive Avenue restaurant and its mobile operation continue.
Tables and seating alongside fountainsoutside Casa de Tamales along Fulton following Fulton Street’s official opening earlier Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 in Fresno. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA firstname.lastname@example.org
at 625 3rd St. Cavelle Kids closed, but owner Jessica Elrod continues to design and sell kids clothing at www.cavellekids.com.
, the Visalia night club, Cellar Door closed in August, but new owners reopened it recently.
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in downtown Fresno closed in October, yet another victim of its parent company’s closures, which included Chevys Fresh Mex and Acapulco Restaurant y Cantina. El Torito
at Cedar and Shields avenues El Toro Cafe closed after 55 years in April.
at Palm and Nees avenues Ginza Asian Bistro has closed and the space is for rent.
at Willow and Nees avenues in Clovis closed. Giuseppe Gallo’s
closed Herb Bauer Sporting Goods after 68 years. It’s been replaced with Turner’s Outdoorsman.
at Shaw and Villa avenues in Clovis Jersey Mike’s Subs closed in January.
its Clovis store, one of many locations the struggling retailer has closed around the nation. Stores in Lemoore, Visalia, Delano and Merced are also in the process of closing. Kmart closed
, the Venezuelan restaurant in the Tower District, closed in November. La Arepa
on Main Street in Visalia Las Palmas Restaurant closed after 53 years.
closed its Fort Washington and Friant roads last spring, but its Herndon and Marks avenues location is still open. Limón Peruvian Cuisine
Orchard Supply Hardware closed all its stores, including seven in the Fresno area.
Mattress Firm closed hundreds of stores nationwide after filing for bankruptcy, including the one at Shaw Avenue and Fresno Street. Five are still open in Fresno and Clovis.
started in Sierra Vista Mall as Poki Poutine FRI Poutinerie, serving the Canadian treat of french fries drenched in gravy and cheese curds. It added poke and changed its name before closing in November.
closed its restaurant at Shaw and Marks avenues, but the one on Plaza Ventana Blackstone Avenue near Shaw remains open.
Quesadilla Gorilla will close its downtown Fresno location Dec. 14. Its restaurants near Fresno High and in Visalia remain open.
REV’S in Clovis closed abruptly in October, leaving several servers unpaid at the time.
, a locally owned cycling studio that also offered strength training near Friant Road and Highway 41, has closed. Ride 54
, a hole-in-the-wall Fresno favorite at Weber and Hughes avenues, Rudy Jr.’s Chicken Man closed in June after 51 years in business.
Steak ‘n Shake employee Felix Rios carries out empty boxes during the restaurant’s set up Wednesday morning. JOHN WALKER email@example.com
was Steak ‘n Shake hugely anticipated when it opened on Kings Canyon Road in Fresno, but for reasons that are hotly debated, it couldn’t attract steady crowds. It closed in June.
failed in a spectacular collapse of major retailer. The Fresno Toys R Us has already been Toys R Us and Babies R Us taken over by a new Big Lots.
in Old Town Clovis Uncle Buddy’s Smokehouse N Grill closed in April due to the owner’s health. Fogo Caliente International Steakhouse has opened in that spot.
inside Bitwise South Stadium Valparaiso Cafe & Roastery closed in August, but is planning to reopen in the former 8th Notch space at 744 P St. Valparaiso’s first location was filled with USBean Brew Station.
, the independent coffee shop at Champlain Drive and Perrin Avenue, Yellow Mug Coffee closed in December.
in the Tower District closed after seven years in business. The owner continues to run his Zen Wok Fusion catering business out of the space and may eventually open another restaurant.