Deutsch to Shutter Boston Office

Unable to lure significant new business after a year of operation, Deutsch is closing its Boston office.

The outpost, which employs about nine staffers and claims perhaps $3 million in overall billings, is set to close July 11. Deutsch partners Kristin Volk and Kathy Kiely, who helmed the Boston office, are considering posts both inside and outside New York-based Deutsch, a unit of the Interpublic Group of Cos., a Deutsch representative said. The agency continues to have a presence in the Los Angeles marketplace.

Deutsch in a prepared statement attributed the closing “to an overall softness in the Boston marketplace and tighter economic conditions.” Detsch also cited “multiple conflicts in potential services with Bank One.”

Oddly, Boston has been something of a hot-bed for startups of late, with Modernista!, McCarthy Mambro Bertino and Velocity Advertising — all launched since 2000 began — making significant strides.

Deutsch is resigning its lone significant account, HomeRuns.com, a company that lets consumers order groceries online for home delivery, the spokeswoman said. HomeRuns.com spent about $2 million on ads in 2000, per Competitive Media Reporting.