Rue Cou Cou, a Mid City art gallery, is set to close at the end of the month.
In an email, the gallery at 1857 Government St. said its last day will be June 30.
Greg Doucet, who has owned Rue Cou Cou for the past seven years with his wife, Laurel, said a combination of things led to the decision to shut down the gallery. The first was declining sales. The second was the success of the couple’s other business, Renaissance Imaging, which produces high-quality art and photo prints. Renaissance is located at 2031 Government St., just down the street from the gallery.
“I had a problem finding a really good person to help me over here, and I had been begging my wife to come help me over here for a while,” Doucet said. “We hated to close the gallery, but we were putting a lot of time and energy into it, and we weren’t selling as much as we were.”
The gallery was founded in 1998 and moved into the Circa 1857 complex of galleries and antique shops about 10 years ago.
Dennis Hargroder, who co-owns Circa 1857, said there are two or three possible tenants for the 1,200 square feet Rue Cou Cou occupies. Some of the potential occupants are art-related businesses, he said.
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