Goodbye Yates Market

After 127 years, Yates Market is closing.


Yates Market has stood on the corner of Main and Hamilton Streets for more than 125 years, but likely won’t make 130.

“It was a big decision,” said owner Betty Jacobs, as she brought merchandise out to the sidewalk on Tuesday morning.

Jacobs has owned the store for 33 years, but it has been in her family since it opened in 1885. Her sister-in-law owns the building. 

These connections made the decision tough. “Having been a family business for so long, you feel guilty,” she said. But she wants to spend more time with her husband.

“This is my life,” she said with a chuckle. “I want to retire.”

Jacobs has not set a date for the official closing. “I don’t want to drive myself crazy with deadlines,” she said. “I just want to enjoy it.”

Until it stops being fun, everything in the store–and on the sidewalk–is 50 percent off. 

Terri McCulley Hicks June 20, 2012 at 05:36 PM
This is truly a piece of our Ellicott City history that will be missed. I was brought up on stories from relatives about the History of our little town and Yates was always a topic in the conversation. I am sure I will see Betty working hard outside with her flowers. Enjoy your retirement with Mike but hopefully it won't be for alittle while. :)
Brandie Jefferson June 20, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I did notice she was closed today, but it didn't seem like the Final Closure; I hope not!
Marian Condon June 20, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Wow, the last piece of true Old Ellicott City is passing away, I knew this day would come some time and dreaded it.
joseph June 21, 2012 at 01:19 AM
The Mason Farm (Squirrel Hill) , and Yate's store at the same time... I am glad I was able to know Mr. Yates, Francis and Jack Mason, and the rest... and I wish Betty, Mary Mac, and the boys all the best. joe


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