Springboro Fish Market shuts down after 8 months

“Due to lack of business, we are closed. Sorry for any inconvenience,” the sign reads.

Bill Covert, founder and owner of Springboro Fish Market, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The fish market’s neighbor in the strip retail center, Carmela’s Pizzeria at 40 E. Central Ave., shut down two months ago after its owners decided not to renew its lease due to changes coming to the Ohio 73/Ohio 741 intersection.

A proposed improvement project for the intersection would inhibit access to retail building and would reduce its parking by 25 percent, according to Darren Dulsky, who developed the Carmela’s Pizzeria concept. Those changes would have “crippled our business at that location,” Dulsky said in September.

Covert worked for 22 years for Midwest Seafood, a seafood shop that operated in Springboro until 2007, when it shut down. He served as production manager for Midwest Seafood, which sold to wholesale accounts such as restaurants and country clubs, as well as to individual customers at its retail shop.

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After Midwest Seafood closed, Covert worked in the seafood department at Jungle Jim’s for about five years, and most recently owned and operated the Hyde Park Fish Market in Cincinnati. But Covert, a 1983 Springboro High School graduate, said in March that he had been looking for an opportunity to open a shop in his hometown.

When he opened the shop, Covert said his fish market would sell only to retail customers.

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