SCHENECTADY — One of the city’s landmark retailers remains closed seven months after the death of its proprietor, with no word from surviving family members on when or if it will reopen.
Cappiello Foods sold imported Italian specialty items and cheeses from its opening in 1921 until the death on Feb. 8 of Mary Cappiello, daughter of founders Francesco and Lucia Cappiello.
Mary Cappiello, who was 91 at the time of her death, had worked in the store for 75 years, joined in later years by third- and fourth-generation members of the Cappiello family.
A family member who spoke to The Daily Gazette in March said he could not comment on the status or future of the storefront operation at 510 Broadway, near the Interstate 890 overpass.
In the months since, a daughter and grandson of Mary Cappiello have not returned calls seeking comment. Another relative who spoke to The Daily Gazette on Wednesday said she hadn’t been involved with the store for many years and didn’t know what would happen to it.
The front door still bears the same hand-printed sign — “Store Closed Until Further Notice” — it has since late winter. The business’ website does not indicate the store is closed and the most recent post on its Facebook page was in mid-Februrary, shortly after Mary Cappiello’s funeral.
The store is in good shape, though, seemingly frozen in time with pastas neatly stacked on its shelves. A woman identifying herself as a member of a cleaning crew answered the store phone Thursday, in fact.
The only clue that something is amiss is that the refrigerator cases that once held cheeses and meats now sit empty.