Brian Bolke, president of Forty Five Ten, is closing his Number One cafe and boutique and Chapter Two book shop at Highland Park Village on Dec. 31.
The spaces are expected to be used for a gourmet market, according to Bolke. Regardless of a new grocer, the closings weren’t unexpected since Forty Five Ten will roughly quintuple in size when it moves to Dallas’ Central Business District in early 2016.
“It’s kind of a non-event because everything will get folded into downtown,” Bolke said.
Number One debuted in the fall of 2012, offering a health-food cafe and coffee bar as well as a compact selection of lifestyle goods in 1,500 square feet. Chapter Two, a book nook in 200 square feet, debuted next door in November, 2013.
Goods from both stores, including jewelry, apothecary and casual sportswear, will transfer to Five & Ten, which Bolke opened at the Village in early 2012, and to Forty Five Ten.
The epicurean store, which hasn’t been announced yet, is intended as a successor to Tom Thumb supermarket, which was shuttered in November, according to previous interviews with Stephen Summers, who co-owns and manages the Village.
Summers wasn’t available for comment, but he reportedly intends to divide the former supermarket’s 25,000 square feet into boutiques that align with the center’s mix of high-profile luxury brands.