Downtown Break Time store closes suddenly

Thursday, August 8, 2013 | 6:17 p.m. CDT; updated 9:10 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 8, 2013
The Break Time under the Brookside Downtown Apartments closed Thursday. It is on the corner of Tenth and Elm streets.

COLUMBIA — The Tenth Street Break Time Neighborhood Market, the chain's first convenience store location independent of gas pumps, closed abruptly Wednesday. 

Beer and soft drink trucks lined Tenth and Elm streets Thursday afternoon to collect their merchandise.

The store opened on Dec. 6, 2012, according to health inspection documents. It was located on the first floor of the Brookside Downtown apartment complex on the 200 block of Tenth Street. 

MFA Oil spokesman Tom May said the store closed to allow MFA Oil to focus on its other Break Time locations.

"The Brookside location was an experimental concept for us," May said.

He said MFA Oil decided to close the store to focus on two other Break Time Neighborhood Markets. One is on South Stadium Boulevard. The other is being constructed behind an existing store on North Stadium Boulevard.

The only indication of the store's closure were two signs on locked glass doors, posted by the "Break Time Management Team." The sign said: "This Break Time location is now closed. Thank you for your business." 

A worker inside the store reached shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday said he did not know why the store had closed. 

The store passed routine Columbia/Boone County health inspections once on Dec. 5, before it opened, and again on July 31, according to city documents.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.

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Richard Saunders August 9, 2013 | 12:10 p.m.

I had no idea there was a Break Time there. Perhaps that is the issue?

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