No Blendinis left in Camden waterfront; city's only Rita's closed

The first day of spring last week felt more like the first day of summer.

Noticing I was a few minutes early for a budget hearing at City Hall, I kept driving (windows down, soaking in the rays) to the Victor building on Market Street to get some Rita’s water ice.
Like a little kid, I darted out of my car, hopped across the street, only to find a “store closed” sign.

As many of you probably know, most Rita’s stores in the region offer free water ice on the first day of spring to celebrate the start of water ice season. I found it odd that with the gorgeous weather last week, Rita’s at the Victor was closed.

I caught up with franchise owner Lawrence Hill on Monday, who said he is looking to relocate the store and is keeping it closed indefinitely.

“We might open midseason,” Hill said.

He declined to explain why he was considering relocating but insisted that he was looking to stay in Camden.

Just last year, I wrote about that Rita’s as an example of a success story of the state’s Urban Enterprise Zone program. Read HERE.

The Rita’s kiosk at Campbell’s Field, also owned by Hill, is expected to operate the full baseball season, he said.