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Video: Customers, Employees and Owners React to Cohen's Closing

Last thoughts from fans and staff.

 

UPDATE (7/2/2012):

On their last day of business, we visited Cohen's Bagel Company in Branford to find out how owners Rob and Christine Cohen are handling the sudden shock -- and where they'll go next. We also spoke with Cohen's employees about their jobs and asked customers how they felt when they heard the news.

To learn more, watch the video above. (And if you watch carefully, at the beginning of the video, you'll see the last tray of Cohen's bagels in Branford being stacked.)

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Following what their Facebook page describes as sour lease negotiations, owners of have closed their doors and begun moving out of their storefront at 1008 Main Street. On the company's Facebook page, owner Christine Cohen described it as a "last-minute shock."

"Not looking good folks," wrote Cohen on the page. "Please come and visit us on our last day in Branford, tomorrow! We'll be saying our goodbyes after 5 awesome years! New chapter for Cohen's."

Cohen says it will likely take more than a day to move much of the equipment out of the location -- she and her husband Rob will have to hire a truck for some of the heavier equipment. But the shop has sold its last batch of bagels in Branford.

Cohen's still maintains another location in Madison.

Joyce Galehouse July 02, 2012 at 12:05 AM
The owners of Cohen's have great integrity and I'm sure they will do all they can to assist their employees. This could turn into a bigger business opportunity elsewhere that employs not only the previously employed but new ones as well! I wish the Cohens luck in their next venture!
Rita July 02, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Who is the landlord there? It sounds rather fishy on that end- you don't get a days notice from a good landlord. They are not too intelligent to allow just a great place to leave the center of town.
Cheri July 02, 2012 at 11:29 AM
This is just so sad. The center of town is our social mecca. Losing a place like Cohen's is just wrong especially since it always seemed to be such a delightful and (yummy) gathering place. I truly hope the landlord doesn't lease the space to yet another nail salon......and I truly, truly hope that Cohen's can find a spot in Branford that will accommodate their needs, those of their employees and allow us Branford folk to continue to enjoy their tasty treats. Take heed uncompromising commercial property owners, don't irritate Branford residents and force us to take our business outside of our own community.
julie July 02, 2012 at 11:34 AM
omg!! I love that place. What happened that it had to close? They made my breakfast sandwich just so perfect and a young lady there made my coffee the best way ever! I am def going to miss them. :(
Jason Bagley July 02, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Say it ain't so!

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