After 26 years of operation, Butler’s Pantry, 213 S. Main St., will close.
Owner Sandy Rogers said she is blessed to have good employees but isn’t able to provide the service she once did and has decided to retire.
“I’m 66 years old now. I am in a handicap situation where I walk on crutches, and so I have not been in the shop the way I used to because I don’t feel on crutches I can give the same service I used to,” she said. “I thought it was time to start enjoying life and let someone else take over the space.”
Rogers said she has two grandsons in Chicago she plans to visit more often when she retires. Her lease ends at the end of this month, but Rogers said her landlord is allowing her to stay until June, if she needs to.
Rogers said all of the store’s items are 50 percent off. Butler’s Pantry sells home and kitchen décor. Some items from the backroom display will be brought out when shelf space opens. Shoppers will have the opportunity to buy the furniture and fixtures.
“It’s been tough. I know I need to do it. I know I need to take care of my health, but it’s been hard because it’s such a big part of my life,” Rogers said. “It’s been like a baby. You’ve had to nurture it and let it grow, so it’s definitely closing a whole chapter of my life, and that’s a little frightening right now.”