Sheila Morris has patronized the Cumberland Farms in Hernando for many years, and wonders what she’s going to do when the convenience store and gas station closes for good at the end of this month.
“I always come here to get gas and soda — whatever I need,” said Morris, who lives down the road from the store.
After about 30 years, the store at 2805 N. Florida Ave. is closing. The county’s only other Cumberland Farms, at at 9580 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., closed its doors Wednesday. That store has also been a fixture for years.
Felicia Lanning, assistant manager at the Hernando store, said customers are unhappy with the news. They developed a loyalty to the store, she said.
“They’re very upset,” she said.
Her store employs nine people.
The closures are not limited to Citrus County. Massachusetts-based Cumberland Farms is closing several of its stores in West Central Florida and focusing its attention on the east coast of Florida near Interstate 95, Lanning said.
Cumberland Farms has about 600 stores nationwide and is in the process of converting them to the company's new design scheme.
Meanwhile, the shelves inside the Hernando store are getting bare thanks to a price-reduction sale that will continue to closing.
Focusing on the east coast of Florida doesn’t make sense, said regular customer James Poe, who stops by often for coffee or gas.
There are a couple of places nearby he could take his business to, but said he might have to drive 8 miles to Inverness.
“Hey, we do what we can do,” he said.
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