ORCUTT, Calif. - Orcutt's Old Town Market is closing its doors.
The longtime staple will be closing in just a few months. The community store has been serving neighbors since 1948. Owners Mark and Wendy Steller say they are deeply saddened by the move. They say they are being forced to close.
“It's devastating. The rug was pulled out from underneath us,” said Old Town Market owner Wendy Steller.
“It was a mystery to us, we had no idea this was going to happen. We had not intended on closing,” said Mark Steller.
The couple said the building's original landlord abruptly notified them by text that the building had been sold and that they have 90 days to vacate once the COVID-19 shelter at home order ends.
“It's going to be a big blow for the community,” said President of the Old Orcutt Merchants Association Becky Corey.
The shop owners took to Facebook notifying residents – receiving hundreds of neighbors' comments sharing their sorrow to see the town's gem going away.
“It just means so much more than going to get your groceries,” said Corey.
The market has served as a community center hosting countless events and selling a wide range of items that are rare and unique to find.
“Families come and have a scoop of ice cream or come have wine and beer tastings on a Saturday night, BBQs. It's the community hub of Orcutt,” said a somber Mark.
Many comments on social media expressed outrage they are closing while others recalled childhood memories enjoying special moments at the shop.
“We are going to have to liquidate quick, so we could us the communities help to continue to shop with us and buy those extra things,” said Wendy.
The Stellers say they will continue to serve the community until their doors shut for good and hope to see neighbors' support.