Update: The store seems to be in operation with limited items along with its reduced hours. There is a handwritten sign on the door that says “open”.
BRISTOL — It appears People’s Marketplace Bravo at 15 Memorial Boulevard has shut down again.
When visited at 3:15PM, the doors were locked.
The adjacent liquor store said that the grocery store had closed earlier in the day.
When Pradeep Bokka took over and re-opened Bristol’s only downtown grocery store in 2013 he said “We’ll hit the ground running I hope everyone comes down and give us a chance to exceed your expectations with our selection of quality groceries at a great value.”
That hope was not happening.
Back in August of 2014 a legal battle brewed between Bokka and Sunny Mothe, the property owner.
Originally Bokka worked with former Marketplace partner and landlord Sunny Mothe to connect with vendors and was consulted on the daily operations to help the grocer gain his footing.
That as well was not happening.
In August of 2014 The Bristol Press reported that “What started as a feel-good community effort to bring back a market to the downtown has devolved into a nasty court spat between friends and family members.”
“But within six months after the ribbon cutting the market’s owner, Pradeep Bokka, filed a lawsuit against his partner and store manager, Srinivas Mothe. In it, Bokka accuses Mothe and Mothe’s ex-wife, Shalini Mothe, of fraud.”
Back in December of that year the store was put on the market and is currently still listed for $459,000.
In recent weeks the store reduced its operating hours from 6 am. – 10 pm. to 9am. – 6pm.
In addition to the new hours many items were reduced to 40% off.
Calls to the Bokka went unanswered.