Two stores on State Street closed this week, creating more vacancies in the downtown area.
Smokes on State, the tobacco lounge and smokeshop, closed this week. The shop held its location on the 400 block of State Street since 2011, according to its website, and will be relocating to Sun Prairie, according to a sign on the shop’s window.
The shop thanked its customers in a Facebook post, saying it’s “been a long four year ride here in Madison.”
Forever Yogurt also closed this week. They thanked customers for their loyal service, but didn’t give reason for the closure.
Now, many people around the campus area are feeling a froyo-sized hole in their lives.
how is it possible that the only relevant store on all of state street closed… RIP forever yogurt. forever in my heart
— Emily Gilray (@emilygilray) April 14, 2015
Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said State Street businesses have long had a cyclical nature to them and though they come and go, their vacancies are never left empty for long.
Verveer said he is optimistic about new businesses being able to fill the vacancies and the bigger issue at hand is the diversity of businesses in the area.
“One trend that is undeniable is that State Street has more restaurants, taverns and coffee shops than it previously ever had, and as a result we are losing more and more traditional retail stores to more food and beverage places,” Verveer said.
Only time will tell what will move into the newly vacant spaces. For now, if you’re a froyo enthusiast, Walgreens still sells some, so “have a good day and be well.”
Anne Blackbourn contributed reporting to this story.