Callahan County business closes after more than 50 years
CROSS PLAINS, Texas - Cross Plains Grains and Peanuts quickly became a fixture in the community after it opened in 1964, providing a need that was absent in the Callahan County town.
Peggy Winfrey owns the business, and she closed its doors for the last time Thursday.
Economic pressures forced Winfrey to stop selling peanuts in 2000, and the business moved to selling fertilizer and farming supplies. More than 50 years later, the business' equipment and real estate will be auctioned off at 10 a.m. Saturday.
"It's just time, I'm ready to retire," Winfrey said. "So if this is the way we gotta do it, then this is the way we're going to do it."
Winfrey and her husband built the business together. He died in 2013, but Winfrey said his dying wish was for his wife to retire.
Winfrey's son, Mike, manages the business' day-to-day operations, and he said the closure was a tough decision.
"You know, it's been in the family for 52 years," Mike said. "There's been a lot of hard hours, a lot of sweat, a lot of money into this place."
Winfrey said she raised her children and grandchildren at the store, which makes the closing even tougher.
But she knows it's what her late husband would want.