September 22, 2019
This week at Libbey’s -
I would first like to apologise for the suddenness of our closing for break. Under normal circumstances we would have given at least 3 - 4 weeks notice before closing in October. Unfortunately we did not have that ability this time. As people say - “Life Happens” , and it all does seem to come at once. As some may know I have been dealing with health issues for quite some time - nothing life threatening but serious nonetheless. I have been trying to push through and occasionally have experienced some improvements but inevitably the physical & mental stresses of running this business keep setting me back. Over the past 3 - 4 years we have tried to grow different individuals into a leadership position but for some reason or another “Life Happens” and it doesn’t work out. Most recently, due to issues beyond his control, our leader in the meat cutting room Jon had to move out of the area without notice. I tried to fill in while looking for his replacement but suffered yet another set back in the process. This is why we went on break so suddenly. I have since been searching for a qualified candidate to no avail.
It is with heavy heart that I must finally admit that I can no longer run this business. Though my mind and heart are willing my body will not allow it. I will be eternally grateful for all of the support and love I/we have received since opening in 2013. I have been in the food business for over 30 years in all aspects of service. Never before have I had customers thank me for being open. The understanding & encouragement that we have received on a daily basis from friends & customers has been heartfelt and appreciated. Never in my wildest imagination did I think that this little meat shop would become so popular. It is because of these connections made that it is so hard to come to this conclusion.
It is in large part because of this constant outpouring of support that I believe that this community needs this business. I also believe that a properly motivated individual or partnership could do quite well leading a team of professionals in this endeavour and the team is in place.
This is where we need your help……….we need to find the foot to fit the slipper. We have approximately 3 weeks to find the person or people who will buy this business. I won’t divulge the asking price in this forum but safe to say you can’t buy the equipment for what we are asking. I truly want the next owner to have every chance of being successful, else all of our hard work getting it to this point will be for not.
I have a feeling that there will be many people who are curious, but given the time frame available I need to ask that only those who are very serious about moving forward reach out for more information. It should be known that we do not own the property only the business, but there are no better landlords anywhere to work with. Their generosity & support from the beginning is in no small part responsible for our success. As I said above I have health issue that I must attend to and will not be at the store or in phone service at all times. I think it best to e-mail inquiries to Quality@libbeysmeats.com . I will do my best to return contact as soon as possible.
We do have frozen products to sell, mostly sausage, as well as some dry goods. We will most likely open for one day to make these available to you. I will send out a notification as soon as we know.
Once again we can not thank all of you enough for your support over our quick 6 years! If there was any other way we would take it.
Now let us find the people who will carry on……….I need somewhere to buy my meats!
Thank you all,
Jim & Sue Libbey