After 10 years in business, Amy’s Ice Creams closed its location at 3100 South Congress Ave. near St. Edward’s University. Steve Simmons, Amy’s director of business development and husband of founder Amy Simmons, said the move came after their current landlord doubled the rent on the small space.
“It pains me that we’re being forced to leave a neighborhood we care about,” Simmons said.
Simmons said he proposed a counter offer, but the landlord refused and has already found new tenants for the strip mall that once included Austin businesses Strut and Crown Clothing from Service Menswear.
With rents increasing throughout town, Simmons says Amy’s is eyeing expansion in markets outside of Austin, including Round Rock and San Marcos.
“We’re not gonna cry over spilled milk,” Simmons said.
We’ll have more details on the new tenants on South Congress Avenue as they become available.