LEWISBURG, UNION COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — After almost 50 years of service, Country Cupboard in Lewisburg will soon be closed for good.

Country Cupboard has been a staple in Lewisburg for almost 49 years but that will be changing soon.

“It was the toughest decision we’ve made in our life but we made the decision today to close the family business,” said Chris Baylor, C.E.O, Baylor Ham Companies.

Since the pandemic, the business has faced some financial hardships and issues with staffing.

“The impact of COVID was a huge one, but there’s been a labor crunch, there’s been skyrocketing food costs, supply chain issues. It was really a whole bunch of issues that came together and it just felt like the time was right,” said Baylor.

Their country-style food and gift shop have become a major part of the community. Residents who frequent the restaurant were shocked to hear the news.

“It’s just such a great loss just all around, even for people who are traveling you know there’s always been busloads of people who come in and they all eat there,” said Lewisburg resident, Barb Beack.

Lewisburg resident Gary Beack adds he’s going to miss their welcoming environment.

“The staff was always so nice and helpful too and friendly, you know,” asked Gary Beack.

Fortunately, Country Cupboard won’t be closing just yet.

We’re waiting until the end of February to allow our team the opportunity to find other employment either within our company or in the area. And also, to allow our guests the opportunity to come out and enjoy Country Cupboard one last time, one last celebration, one more gathering,” explained Baylor.

Country Cupboard hasn’t announced its final day of business yet and says it’ll depend on staffing and supply chain issues.