On June 1, Ron Smith shuttered the doors of the Old Louisville Root Cellar. The South Third Street shop was the first Root Cellar location, opening in 2011 to provide fresh, locally grown, direct-from-the farm produce and goods sourced from fewer than 150 miles.
A second location in Germantown opened later.
On May 23, the following message was posted on the Root Cellar’s Facebook page:
Dear Customers, Friends, and Fans: It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that the Old Louisville Store will be closing on June 1st. As many of you know, sales have been low for some time, and at this point, it is not financially feasible for me to keep the Old Louisville location up and running. I am hopeful that this closure will enable The Root Cellar to get back on its feet so that we can continue to offer our community the delicious local products and produce you have come to know and love.
I did not come to this decision lightly, and I sincerely hope that you will continue to support me by coming to shop at the Germantown Store located at the corner of Swan and Kentucky.
When a Facebook commenter asked if the Root Mobile would be available for farmers markets this summer, the Root Cellar’s response was, “Unfortunately, there are repairs to The Root Mobile which I cannot afford to do at this time. It will also be on hiatus until I can finance the repairs.” The Root Mobile was funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign that earned 111 percent of its $10,000 goal in April 2013. The intention was to bring fresh produce to the West End and other food deserts.
The Germantown location at 954 E. Kentucky St. will now have extended summer hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday noon to 9 p.m.