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Rosary Acres closes Ligonier retail store

| Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Rosary Acres, a local co-op grocery store, will close its doors to customers on Wednesday after offering natural, organic and local farm-to-table foods to healthy eating-conscious customers for more than two years.

Rick and Lisa Adams founded the co-op concept in 2009 with the goal of getting everyone in the community what they need to eat, cook, live and feel better with foods that are as local, natural, fresh or organic as possible.

The Adams' started out with only a Frankferd Farm Foods Catalog and the family van delivering every other Friday.

When customers expressed a desire for a co-op type store in Ligonier, the Adams' opened a storefront in Ligonier in 2011, with more than 6,000 items in stock.

Now, the family faces its next big change, closing Rosary Acres.

“We had a good run,” said Rick Adams.

The family began letting its regular customers know last week that Wednesday would be the last day at the retail store located at the end of East Main Street, along Route 30.

“After two and a half years, we did not make a profit,” said Adams.” At some point we had to face reality.”

Adams said they will retain the bakery portion of the business. They will continue to bake a variety of artisan breads that will be sold at Abigail's Coffeehouse on the Diamond and at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District on Saturdays.

“Now that the breads have taken off for us, we will try to keep that business going and see if it can grow,” said Adams.

The Adams' will continue to provide co-op ordering for those customers who wish to order in bulk. Orders must be submitted a week in advance and pick up will be at the bakery on designated dates.

“We thank everyone who supported us,” said Adams. “Unfortunately to stay in business, we would have had to triple our business to make a profit.”

While many local residents patronized the store on a regular basis, Adams said a number of Monroeville area customers chose to come to Ligonier instead of going into Pittsburgh Strip District.

“I guess the ride out here to Ligonier was much more pleasant,” he said. He said Rosary Acres products were very popular with summer residents and overnight bed and breakfast tourists.

For more information about co-op ordering and a listing of available products, go to rosaryacres.com.

Deborah A. Brehun is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-238-2111 or dbrehun@tribweb.com.

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