Jan 25, 2022 - Business

Philly business closures continue during Omicron wave

Animated illustration of a Mom & Pop's LED sign flickering and turning off
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The impending closure of a Center City mainstay this weekend serves as a reminder that many local businesses are still struggling to survive as the city's economic recovery remains modest.

Driving the news: The beloved Joseph Fox Bookshop announced last week that it's closing this Saturday because the business hasn't bounced back to pre-pandemic levels.

Zoom out: Joseph Fox isn't the only business loss in the neighborhood. The Center City District reported 81 fewer food establishments in September 2021 compared to before the pandemic shutdowns.

Meanwhile, West Philadelphia businesses are recovering slowly, said Jabari Jones, president of the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative.

  • "We are seeing things start to stabilize, and businesses aren't seeing dips in revenues. Now it's more flat growth. … Unfortunately, traffic coming to West Philly corridors is still not back at pre-pandemic levels," he said.

The following Philadelphia businesses have closed their doors since the pandemic shutdowns:

  • Sabrina's Cafe, the popular brunch spot, closed its Italian Market location last April.
  • The indie music venue Boot and Saddle closed in November 2020.
  • City Tavern in Old City closed in late 2020 after 26 years in business.
  • Flow State in East Kensington — a coffee shop, bakery and coworking space — closed in September 2020.
  • Farmicia Restaurant in Old City announced its closure after 15 years in May 2020.
  • Milk & Honey Market at 45th Street and Baltimore Avenue closed in mid-2020.
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