After eight years of operation, Boyds Bears Country in Cumberland Township is closing its doors.
The company informed its employees this week that the business is shutting down no earlier than Jan. 4.
Store manager Dan Baumgardner does not believe the move was related to the unstable economy, noting that “the weeks leading up to Christmas were very good.” “There were people coming in and out of the store all the time,” he said.
The decision was made at the corporate level to close the Gettysburg-area Boyds Bears, known for its large five-level barn near Emmitsburg Road-Business 15. “It’s still all very new to us,” said Baumgardner, whose staff was informed about the decision Monday.
The closure affects about 50 employees. Cumberland Township Manager Benjamin Thomas Jr. was hopeful that those staffers would soon find work.
“Anytime an economic engine such as Boyds Bears announces a closing our first thought is for those who are losing their jobs,” said Thomas, who doesn’t want to see the property left vacant for too long. “We are hopeful that these men and women are successful finding new employment and this beautiful facility can find a new commercial use or uses to, once again, generate additional jobs and stimulate our local and regional economy.”
Cumberland Board Chairman David P. Waybright noted that there have been “rumors” about the facility’s closure for weeks. “I hate to see it, but they’re in business too,” said Waybright. “They have to be profitable to be there.” “It’s a shame,” Waybright said regarding the 130,000 square-foot complex, located about five miles south of Gettysburg, atop land zoned for commercial, mixed-use development.
The Boyds Bears complex opened in 2002 along Cunningham Road, adjacent to Emmitsburg Road-Business 15. It features a five-floor barn, about 130,000 square feet, atop 123 acres of land in southern Cumberland Township.
The store’s website announced that “Boyds Bear Country” is “closing the doors to the barn early next year.” A 50 percent “blowout” sale begins today, on everything in the store.
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