Coconut Grove's Gardner's Market Closes, Owners File for Bankruptcy

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Gardner's Market, a neighborhood fixture in Coconut Grove, is closed.

The specialty grocer, known for made-to-order sandwiches, prepared foods, and baked goods, is shuttered, and a court document shows the owner, De Paso LLC, filed for bankruptcy January 27.

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There was no answer on Gardner's main number, although the recorded message is still intact, listing food specials from January 16. A faded sign on the door reads, "Closed for Renovations," but a larger "For Sale/Lease" sign hangs on the exterior.

The store was purchased in 2011 by De Paso LLC, described as "a family-owned business specialized in bakery and deli markets abroad."

With Milam's Market a block over and the Fresh Market a mile away, there's stiff competition for a specialty grocer in the Grove.

According to the bankruptcy filing, a meeting of creditors will be held March 4 at 10:30 a.m. at 51 SW First Ave., room 102. Proofs of claims are due by June 2. Creditors are listed as All Florida Paper, Anita's Guacamole & Chips, AT&T, Bancredito NA, Bar Harbor Seafood, and 45 others.

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