LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts’ Lynchburg shop is closing its doors.
Sunday, May 8 (Mother’s Day) will be the shop’s last day in Lynchburg. Trucks will follow the rest of their scheduled engagements and shut down after that.
Owner Frederick Willis announced the news in a nine-minute video on Facebook.
“My brain is fried and I need a complete and significant break,” said Willis. “I’ve been struggling with mental health issues all my life.”
Willis started the first Mama Crockett’s food truck eight years ago and didn’t expect it to take off as quickly as it did.
Mama Crockett’s has four food trucks in Virginia and North Carolina, as well as a shop in Lynchburg, leaving Willis with a lot to handle.
“It all came at a cost, one which I was personally ill-suited to meet,” he said.
Caleb Ashcroft has been managing the Lynchburg shop since it opened three years ago. He says the news was hard to process, but he knows it has to happen, adding that mental health should be a priority.
“I just want him to take care of himself at the end of the day. I want him to be the best person he can be and I think this is going to be a big big step in this,” said Ashcroft.
On May 14, Willis says there will be a yard sale where residents can come by the store and purchase donut-related items that the store has accumulated during its run.
According to Willis, he expects to be back in the fall with one truck and himself.
In the video, Willis thanked all his employees in-depth and says any business will benefit from hiring them.
“As Mama always says, it’s just donuts,” said Willis.