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Lucy's Whey Cheese Shop Leaving Chelsea Market, Owners Say

By Maya Rajamani | February 23, 2017 11:58am
 The Lucy's Whey outpost inside the Chelsea Market.
The Lucy's Whey outpost inside the Chelsea Market.
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CHELSEA — Artisanal cheese shop Lucy’s Whey is leaving Chelsea Market while looking for a new space Downtown.

The shop, which opened at the Ninth Avenue market in 2009, will shutter on Feb. 28, its owners said in a statement.

“We cannot say enough great things about our seven years in Chelsea Market,” they wrote. "Our big mission was and is to showcase something that most other cheese shops don’t: a cheese case prominently advocating for American farmstead cheese makers."

The owners plan to open a new outpost somewhere Downtown in the near future, the company's director of retail and operations Tess McNamara said in an email, without saying specifically when or where. 

“We love the downtown community, and with the long term in mind, the business model doesn’t make as much sense in a market setting,” she wrote.

The company is focusing on expanding its catering, wholesale and events programming, she added.

It will still operate its cheese shop and restaurant on the Upper East Side and bring its wares to the Spring Farmers Market in the Hamptons over the summer.