Ernie’s set to reopen Friday

Westport’s grocery and pizza shop planned to bring flavor back into town

Ernie's Market in Westport will re-open Friday, March 16.

Ernie's Market in Westport will re-open Friday, March 16. Photo by Josef Lorenz.

— Westport will have Ernie’s Market back again serving the community pizza, baked goods and groceries.

Ernie’s owners Carolyn and Bruce Ware decided to reopen the business with a soft opening on Friday, March 16 and plan a grand opening in April. Ernie’s was unexpectedly closed on Feb. 8 by Eric and Dawn Gay, who had been running the store since 2005 citing economic difficulty as their reason for closing.

“A lot of people told us Westport was like a ghost town with out Ernie’s,” Carolyn said. “The people in the community said they really missed us and we really missed them.”

Carolyn said she will be offering some of the old favorites at the market, such as fresh muffins in the morning and fresh sticky buns on Sunday mornings. She also plans to offer healthy choices for customers with fresh soups made daily and fresh vegetables grown locally once the vegetables are in season.

“We want to put a focus on fresh local products here,” Carolyn said.

Bruce said one of the reasons they decided to reopen was to give the town back a business they love. In a time when Westport needs local businesses to boost the economy, Bruce said it will benefit the town to have one less empty business in town. By bringing back Ernie’s, he plans to give customers every reason to shop in Westport and help the local economy by having money come back into the community.

“We want to give residents every reason to shop locally and keep local dollars at home,” Bruce said. “We want to give them every reason to be here with our homemade brownies, muffins, croissants, great pizza and provide the staples they need.”

Customers should expect to have the same favorites provided by the store with the deli, fresh breads muffins and sub rolls, fresh baked pizza with homemade dough, and groceries.

Carolynn and Bruce bought Ernie’s Market in 1990 from Ernie and Florence Gerard and ran it together for 15 years.

“When we first closed, we were ready to move onto something else after 15 years and (the Gays) expressed an interest in running business,” Carolyn said. “Now we look forward to seeing all our old and new customers and friends.”

Ernie’s hours of operation will be from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Carolyn said the hours may change after they have seen when there is more customers.

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