F. Oliver’s in Skaneateles closes, but new Auburn-area store on the horizon

Specialty foods retailer F. Oliver's has closed its location in Skaneateles but hopes to have a presence in Auburn within the year.

A Facebook post on Jan. 12 announced the closing "with great sadness," and included a link to a blog post with more information on the plans to shut down the 4 Jordan St. store, which sold olive oil, vinegar, culinary ingredients, specialty foods and unique gifts.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Proprietor Penelope Pankow said they discovered over the summer that the business was changing. Initially, the F. Oliver's stores focused and relied mostly on tourism, but they found tourists were not as interested as oil and vinegar shops are no longer "as unique as they used to be," Pankow said.

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