PORT ST. LUCIE — Duffy's is closing its restaurant at Cashmere Corners after Thursday night when its 10-year lease on the location expires.
Jason Emmett, senior vice president and son of Duffy's owner Paul Emmett, said the Cashmere Corners restaurant, 790 S.W. St. Lucie West Blvd., is too close to the chain's other Port St. Lucie restaurant. Duffy's Superplay store is less than 2 miles away at 1608 Courtyard Circle.
"It wasn't sustainable," Emmett said, adding that Duffy's usually does not open a restaurant within 5 miles of another Duffy's. "It was a tough call, but we feel it's in our best interests to consolidate our operations in Port St. Lucie at the Superplay location."
All of the 35 to 40 employees at the Duffy's at Cashmere Corners have been offered jobs at other Duffy's locations, Emmett said, adding that most of them will be moving to the slightly larger restaurant attached to the bowling alley at Superplay.
With the closing of the Cashmere Corners store, Duffy's will have 22 locations, though Emmett said they have signed leases to open two more before the end of this year, one in Broward County and the other in Miami-Dade County.
The closing of Duffy's is another blow to the viability of the 16-year-old Cashmere Corners, owned by Equity One, a New York-based property management group.
Until May 2012, Cashmere Corners had an Albertson's as its anchor covering about two-thirds of its 89,234 square feet. The 6,800-square-foot Duffy's was the second-largest space in the center where a Treasure Coast Hospice Thrift store and a handful of other small shops remain.
Emmett said the drop in traffic at Cashmere Corners since the Albertson's closed did not help, but was not the deciding factor in Duffy's decision to close the restaurant