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Eco-Delight Shuts Its Doors, For Now

Co-owner Guillermo Moran said a combination of factors is leading him and his partners to rethink their business strategy.

closed its doors indefinitely Monday to “regroup” as co-owner Guillermo Moran said today.

While the wholesale coffee side of the business has been gaining steam with a contract with the new – due to open at the train station next month -- the full-service café side of the business has struggled with low traffic and current high prices for some of the most expensive coffee beans on the global market, Moran said.

If the café does not reopen, or if Eco-Delight’s supplier decides to moves its roasting equipment from the site, Harbor Square would lose its first tenant as it struggles to attract businesses capable of renting space at the building without redevelopment agency help in a tepid economy.

The state Supreme Court recently upheld a state law abolishing redevelopment agencies and setting up a process to liquidate their assets. The decision effects Suisun City in particular because most of the city was designated a redevelopment area and the vast majority of public projects and events were paid for at least in part with redevelopment money.

Current Harbor Square tenants include Social Security, , , and .

Moran has said he competed unsuccessfully for the train station contract that the city awarded to the Waterfront Café, but that other potential contract opportunities have popped up due to customers tasting Eco-Delight’s coffee at the Suisun City location.

B. Smith January 09, 2012 at 11:09 PM
That's too bad. I think that adding more on-site beverage and food options would be beneficial. Are they supplying any of the local businesses with their coffee?
Kevin Pfister January 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM
how sad :( a true gentleman with a sense of our community will be missed
David Ryan (Editor) January 10, 2012 at 02:12 PM
They will be supplying the new Waterfront Cafe at the train station with their coffee. It opens next month, as well as the Kroc Center, opening in the spring.
Ken Chew January 10, 2012 at 03:50 PM
The Lawler House Gallery Artist will definite miss Guillermo and the Eco Delight. We looked forward to the coffee when we docent.
Laura Calderon January 10, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I am seriously tearing up. Guillermo- we will all miss you soooooo much! You are a first class gentleman! God Bless.
Kris Jones January 10, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I will miss going to Eco-Delight, too. Guillermo has such a warm personality, and his coffee is outstanding. I wish him the best.
Jonathan Harvey January 11, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Have now fear...after vIsiting with Guillermo yesterday he assures me their great coffee is still available and will be featured at the Kroc Center cafe when it opens in May!
Garry Rowe January 13, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Kris, you're right on! It's sad that there are lines at Starbucks for over-roasted, overpriced coffee and that the money spent there ends up in Seattle, while we ignore our friends and neighbors that operate quality, independent businesses. Money spent locally at independent business, gets spent again in the community.
Laurie January 14, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I never saw advertising for the place. Never in the Breeze or DR. Nothing. I could've put it on my radar to stop for coffee on my way to work if I was given reminders it was there. I have to say the decorating was uninviting and cold. Not the warmth you get at Starbucks/Peets. No comfy chairs, the temperature was cold inside. It is too bad they couldn't make it. I would think a coffee shop would be the last business I'd want to start up - especially with the big guys all over the place. He needs to have something extra special for people to want to keep going there. Be it the best scone in town, the best choice of creamers - I don't know. But just a coffee shop, is not going to make it. I'm sure if SB moved in there, the place would be packed!
Carlos Villatoro January 14, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Local businesses closing is never a good thing. An all to cliche signs of the times

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