On Friday, the Newburgh Country Store announced that it will soon be closing down.
The store, located at 224 West Jennings Street, announced on Facebook that the gift shop has been struggling. That forced the owners to make the tough decision to shut their doors for good.
The Newburgh Country Store was purchased by Kurt Kluger in 1964.
Back then the store was the old St. Johns Catholic Church but renovations were made and Kluger opened the Newburgh Country Store.
"For nearly 50 years, the Country Store has been a favorite of young and old alike," says the owner of the store on Facebook.
A little over 30 years ago, Kluger launched the first Herb Festival which has been going strong.
The store says they will continue to host the annual Herb Festival and Plant Sale despite closing business.
The owner posted on the store's Facebook that "all merchandise in the store will be sold at 40% off the listed price with only a few exceptions. Sale will continue until it no longer makes sense at which point, we will close our doors for the last time."
The Newburgh Country Store would like to thank all of their loyal customers for their "many years of patronage."
Kluger released the following statement to 14 News about the closure of The Newburgh Country Store:
"The closing of the Newburgh Country Store is a tragic event both for my wife and I, and the community as a whole. My family and this community are experiencing a great deal of pain and loss due to the closing announcement of the store. I consider this an opportunity for not only my family, but the community also, to consider the foundation of our hope and our joy and to realize the nature of what is perishing in this world and what lasts forever. Despite the circumstances and the difficulties that have come on my family, and no matter what transpires heron, I have learned to say "Praise the Lord, He has provided for all my needs."
"To our customers: my wife and I appreciate all of you so very much and extend our deepest gratitude for all of your years visiting our family business. And, especially right now we are appreciating your kindness and your prayers. We are hoping to be able to resolve matters concerning our location very soon, and we are thankful for those who have stepped forward to assist us. Please keep us in your prayers, and we hope to be serving you again very soon."
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