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Santa Maria Cracker Barrel announces permanent closure

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The Cracker Barrel in Santa Maria announced Monday it is closing its doors permanently.

The announcement comes a little more than five years after the restaurant opened for business in a prime location at the intersection of Betteravia Road and South Bradley Road in the Enos Ranch shopping center.

A sign was posted on the front door which read, "This location is now closed. To our Santa Maria community - we've been honored to welcome guests into a home-away-from home at our store and we've valued the opportunity to be part of so many special occasions for our guests and community over the past five years. We're deeply saddened to announce this location has closed, but we hope you will visit any of our more than 660 Cracker Barrel locations across 44 states."

The Santa Maria site was only of only five Cracker Barrel locations in California.

News Channel also reached out to the company for details on why the Santa Maria location was shut down, and received the following statement:

As a standard course of business, we continually evaluate the performance of our stores, using various criteria to ensure we are meeting the needs of our guests and our business. We have made the difficult decision to close the Santa Maria Cracker Barrel location. The decision to close a store is never one we take lightly, and our focus right now is on assisting our impacted employees during this transition.

We extend our sincere thanks to our employees who worked so hard to keep our fireplace glowing and to the guests who have dined with us, celebrated with us, and made us part of their community.  We look forward to reconnecting with them at other times at nearby Cracker Barrels in the future. 

The nearest Cracker Barrel location to Santa Maria is in Camarillo. News Channel spoke with management at the site and was told it expects to remain open for the foreseeable future.

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