Barrier Island Bagels closes its doors

By on July 20, 2021

Plans may put Marshalls store on site

Another sad announcement, this time on July 20, about a restaurant/food establishment closing, although the reason here seems to be forces beyond its control – a plan to remove the business to make way for a department store. Earlier today, Barrier Island Bagels, located in the Marketplace in Southern Shores, posted this closing announcement on its Facebook page.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have to close the bagel shop doors. Plans within the property management group on the future of the center are out of our control and we must move on. Josh and I want to thank all of our amazing staff past and present for the hard work, dedication and loyalty over the years – we love all of you. Also, to our friends, family and customers who have made our dreams happen – we could not have done any of this without you. Thank you from the bottom of hearts, there are not enough words to describe our appreciation. *We are already closed.

“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.”

For a clue as to “the future of the center,” Ann Sjoerdsma, long active in town affairs and Southern Shores Council candidate who operates the Southern Shores Beacon news site, reported on July 20 that, “The Town Planning Board yesterday considered site plans for a 24,000-square-foot, ‘off-price’ Marshalls department store to be built in the Marketplace at Southern Shores next door to the CVS Pharmacy.”

Barrier Island Bagels has also just confirmed that story on its Facebook page by noting, “Yep, Barrier Island Bagels is one to be demolished.”

(Editor’s Note: Speaking personally, I absolutely loved Barrier Island Bagels and thought they did it bigger and better than anyone else around here. Bummer.)





  • Kramer

    Sounds to me like maybe they just want to shutter the business and this was just their easy way to do so? Why bash the landlord? It’s not like there isn’t plenty of other empty space locally to move to if they really wanted to stay in business.

    Tuesday, Jul 20 @ 10:45 pm
  • Robin Bellinger

    Seriously why get rid of a fantastic small business totally supported by our community
    I don’t think a another chain actually kicking out one of our family owned business( doing well) is in any way a positive thing for our community NOT ALL CHANGE IS PROGRESS!!

    Wednesday, Jul 21 @ 12:04 am
  • Bud

    Intent on ruining the outer banks..

    The type of people that will shop there is just the type we don’t want or need.

    Wednesday, Jul 21 @ 6:49 am
  • sandflea

    There’s a reason most of the retail spaces are empty in that mall. The area here should be named “Little New Jersey” instead of the Outer Banks.

    Wednesday, Jul 21 @ 8:33 am
  • Toni norfleet

    I love the place good people

    Wednesday, Jul 21 @ 8:35 am

    I will shop there. The place will employ locals and provide more jobs than a bagel shop. The plaza has been darn near empty for 15+ years, I’m surprised the owners didn’t go broke.

    The bagel shop COULD move if they wanted to – there are tons of empty commercial spaces around – perhaps it’s just time for them personally to give it up?

    Wednesday, Jul 21 @ 9:37 am
  • Steve Railsback

    Well, Bud’s nauseating elitism aside, putting a chain discount mass merchant like Marshall’s or TJ Maxx or that ilk is a rather sad replacement for a locally-owned bagel shop. However, I find remarkable the “type of people” comment coming from Bud about replacing a bagel shop with a Marshall’s, as a Walmart, Food Lion, Dirty Dick’s, Try My Nuts, CVS, Walgreen’s, myriad junk shop for those horrid tourists, etc…all proliferate the OBX. I shutter to think the convulsions imminent when ground breaks for Target!

    Wednesday, Jul 21 @ 9:49 am
  • R Bo

    @ kramer Pardon me, but what do you have in your ears? A concise article with corroborating info, yet it “sounds to” you like some dishonest, veiled insult. Jeez. Q much?

    Wednesday, Jul 21 @ 2:21 pm
  • Grandyguy

    well, poo

    Wednesday, Jul 21 @ 2:23 pm
  • Thomas

    Previous occupants of several Marketplace businesses told me over the years that the rents in that strip mall were very high. That is probably the reason why the owners decided to go for a bigger business rather than continue with 5 or 6 smaller businesses. I don’t think that Marshalls will bring anything positive to Southern Shores. We already have a Walmart here and a Target coming to Kill Devil Hills next year. It’s a shame to loose Barrier Island Bagels. Perhaps they could move over to the Coastal Provisions location behind Southern Shores Realty. That site has been unoccupied for 16 months.

    Wednesday, Jul 21 @ 4:27 pm
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