Motorsport shop closes downtown Orlando location

A motorsports shop adjacent to the recently-shuttered Ace Cafe has moved locations and closed up its location in downtown Orlando, joining over a dozen other businesses that have closed in the heart of Orlando since last February.

Texas Motor’s Powersports closed its location at 100 W Livingston this summer. The business, which was previously located in east Orlando, is now open at Dezerland Park (5250 International Drive, D10).

Sign on Texas Motors Powersports in downtown Orlando
A sign on Texas Motor’s Powersports former location directs customers to its new digs at Dezerland Park (September 18, 2023)

A few days after Ace Cafe closed its doors this past May, the company told customers that it planned to stay in the building, lamenting the closure of the business and the departure of the Ace Cafe team, which it described as helpful and supportive.

“We felt as though we were a part of the Ace Team…Texas Motor Powersports is still going to be open from Monday through Saturday in the same location till further notice,” reads the statement.

Texas Motors Powersports in downtown Orlando
Texas Motor’s Powersports former location in downtown Orlando has been emptied of inventory

The closure adds to an ever-growing list of businesses that have closed their doors in downtown Orlando over the past year and a half, citing a variety of reasons.

At the end of July, Leo’s Diner permanently closed its location in downtown Orlando after an over 13-year run.

Leo's Diner in downtown Orlando
Leo’s Diner – 333 N Orange Avenue, Orlando

The Bagel Dudes opened at the base of 55 West in July. On August 9, the city of Orlando closed multiple roadways surrounding that and several other businesses due to scaffolding issues caused by construction. Those streets reopened nearly three weeks later, and the Bagel Dudes closed up shop closed at the same time.

The Bagel Dudes
The Bagel Dudes (55 W Church Street, Suite 131)

In the spring, both Harry Buffalo and Le Gourmet Break officially closed their downtown Orlando locations. The businesses were each in operation for over ten years and suggested that they were unable to renew their leases with their landlords.

B Nice Patio Bar closed its location near Lake Eola after over five years at the location. The business served its last drink on May 28, which was also the last day of operations at Ace Cafe.

Walgreens closed its downtown Orlando location at 190 S Orange Avenue in March of this year, after over seven years at the location.

Walgreens in downtown Orlando
Walgreens (190 S Orange Avenue) permanently closed at the end of March

Last summer, Lizzy McCormack’s closed its bar after 18 years on Orange Avenue, while Latitudes ended its run along Church Street after 23 years. Both of those businesses have since been replaced with Game & Social Club and High Tide, respectively.

Finnhenry’s closed its doors last year after more than a dozen years in operation. That business was replaced by Parlay a few months later.

Earth Fare closed its sole grocery store location in Orlando just over a year after it reopened from a previous closure.

Earth Fare in downtown Orlando

Last year, Mad Cow Theatre was forced to closed up shop at its space across from 55 West for non-payment.

During the same period of time, multiple businesses have opened new locations in the downtown area. That includes Stemma Craft Coffee, Double O’s Coffee, and City Arts Café, which all opened coffee shops in the past year, as well as Tacos My Guey, Taco Kat, and Solita, which all opened new taco restaurants within a few blocks of each other.

A collection of new bars have celebrated grand openings as well including Pups Pub and Proper.

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