Polock Johnny’s Closes After More Than 40 Years At Lexington Market

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Another Baltimore staple closes its doors. Polock Johnny’s at the Lexington Market will serve its last customer Tuesday.

Monique Griego has more on what led to the shop shutting down.

After more than 40 years of dressing up, cutting up and dealing out delicious sausages, Polock Johnny’s will serve its last customer at the Lexington Market.

“I’m really sad because I’ve been here a long time,” said Diane Wilkins, owner.

Wilkins said her decision to shut down the iconic stand came down to one simple reason.

“We’re just not bringing in enough revenue at this point to have the doors remain open,” she said.

News of Johnny’s demise quickly spread throughout the market.

“It saddens me because it’s one of the few African-American businesses that’s still here in the market,” said Gregory Scruggs, a faithful customer and fellow shop owner.

He says the closing of Polock Johnny’s is part of a larger trend.

“A couple bakeries have closed within the past week and a half or so,” Scruggs said. “I think it’s a shame. That business was there for 30 years.”

Many business owners believe the drop in customers at the Lexington Market has gone from world famous to infamous.

“People have a stigma to Lexington Market about coming down. People have been scared away, ran away or whatever,” Wilkins said.

Wilkins also owns another Polock Johnny’s at Security Mall, which she plans to keep open.

Despite leaving Lexington Market, she still hopes something is done to help clean up the outside so that businesses can succeed on the inside.

“Hopefully they can revitalize this and the market can pick back up to where it used to be,” she said.

The remaining two Polock Johnny’s locations are both in Morrel Park.


    So sad. I will miss those artery clogging clumps of meat. LOL

  • deliverance

    Meat??? You mean pig prick & eyeballs. More grease in those tube steaks than at Jiffy Lube.

  • Gwendolyn Rose

    My original “HONS”!!!

  • Debbie

    It is a shame but the surrounding neighborhood has declined and become so crime ridden that few will go into the area. You will see more businesses opt to leave downtown Baltimore.

  • Ellen

    Everyone is moving out of this dirtbag state.

  • Sheila

    @Debbie, you are so right. No one wants to go downtown because of the crime. People make excuses for criminals, but the bottom line is why should a person expose themselves to the violence if they do not have to. I feel bad for Ms. Wilkens and the other shop owners. Roving gangs now infest the malls, downtown shops, street corners, parking garages, etc. and nothing is done. To much PC going on. The downfall of malls, etc. these punks from the inner city.

  • the mole

    Baltimore + porch monkeys + crime = disgrace & filth along with a drain on our precious resources. This whole race needs to be educated & tyrained to live in a society that is give & take & not just take.

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