We should have know something big was up when we took the little one out for a stroll over the weekend through Oxbow Public Market (partially to check out the new Hog Island Oyster Co. setup) and out over to COPIA. You see, the little guy loves the long flowing water fountain that leads the way up to the COPIA building, so we were primarily paying attention to him as we got closer to the entrance.
…we’d rather see the existing gardens and outdoor space remain and/or be slightly modified to provide open, outdoor space for Napa’s children to roam and explore.
The place seemed deserted, and for good reason. The sign on the door said COPIA was temporarily closed. Turns out there are much, much larger issues going on. Now it’s been no secret that COPIA was having major financial troubles, but the sudden closure left many (us included) a bit surprised.
There will apparently be more news following the Thanksgiving holiday and the embattled center is rumored to re-open on December 1st. However, a Napa Valley Register commenter going by the name “Napagirl69″ said:
…I’ve talked to several employees that were impacted and some ex employees that were laid off in Sept. Copia as it exists now is done. They were told Friday Copia was closed permenantly through the rest of the year. They have a small crew of Management, Wine, and Maintenance employees, about 10, standing by to maintain building for prospective buyers and inventory assests. Copia’s board is looking to lease a space in downtown Napa to continue operations. This is what Copia’s upper management doesn’t want out to the public. All Copia employee’s are being paid wages and vacation time owed…
In previous Napa Valley Register coverage the majority of commenters wanted the building turned into a movie theater. For our part, we’d rather see the existing gardens and outdoor space remain and/or be slightly modified to provide open, outdoor space for Napa’s children to roam and explore.
Stay tuned, it sounds like this one is far from over…
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