Specialty food and gift store Southern Season will be closing in early 2020, and its Weathervane Restaurant closed down this past Sunday.
Founded in 1975, it was known in the Chapel Hill community for providing gourmet food products and wine and beer, as well as housewares and cookware. Current owner Eric Brinsfield purchased it in 2016 when it was facing bankruptcy.
“Two things I underestimated were the challenges of buying a business in bankruptcy, and I didn’t factor in the capital requirements of the aging building,” Brinsfield said. “People don’t understand that in 2016, Southern Season was days away from liquidating, and I bought the business in three weeks. You can’t buy a house in three weeks, but I bought a business in three weeks. I also inherited a ton of issues that I didn’t anticipate.”
Brinsfield said people are pretty disappointed about the closing of Southern Season, and he is as well.
“I poured my heart into this business, and I really made a tremendous effort,” Brinsfield said. “Everything we did was in an effort to make the business successful, and ultimately, there were too many challenges.”