SCHENECTADY — The doors are open again at Cappiello Foods, seven months after the death of the proprietor of the landmark Italian specialty store on Broadway.
The 98-year-old shop had been closed since February with no indication of its status or prospects. On Thursday, it posted a short notice on its Facebook page: It was open. The hours are changed and the product selection will be reduced at first, but it’s back in business.
Within eight hours, the post had gained over 100 supportive comments, was shared more than 200 times and been liked or loved more than 500 times.
The extended closure came after the Feb. 8 death of Mary Cappiello, a daughter of founders Francesco and Lucia Cappiello. She had worked in the store for 75 of her 91 years, joined in later years by third- and fourth-generation members of the Cappiello family.
The store’s Facebook post announcing her death drew an outpouring of condolences but was followed by silence, with no indication when or if the store would reopen.
A hand-printed sign reading “Store Closed Until Further Notice” hung the whole time in the door at 510 Broadway, near the Interstate 890 overpass, and the store’s website gave no indication what was happening.
Family members contacted by The Daily Gazette during the lengthy closure either declined comment or didn’t return messages seeking comment.
They declined to be interviewed again Thursday.
The new retail hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Their Facebook post concludes: “We appreciate all of your patience and support during this time, hope to see you soon!”
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