Local ice cream store The Comfy Cow is permanently closing its downtown New Albany, Ind., scoop shop, the company announced Wednesday morning.
The New Albany store, located at 109 E. Market St., will close for good at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
“We can’t fully express our deep gratitude for your business and support,” the announcement states. “Working with our customers at this location has been nothing but an absolute pleasure.”
The move comes just more than a month after the ownership changed. The ice creamery was founded by partners Tim Koons-McGee and Roy Koons-McGee, who sold it for an undisclosed amount to Louisville attorney and investor Chip Hamm in February.
Hamm told Insider Louisville that the closure had been under consideration for several months.
“It makes more sense to have one store in Southern Indiana,” he said in a phone interview. “They both do OK, but we’d rather have one strong store.”
Hamm added that the employees at the New Albany store are being offered jobs at The Comfy Cow in Jeffersonville, Ind.
The Comfy Cow’s scoop shop in Jeffersonville is located at 1450 Veterans Parkway. On the store’s Facebook, the company noted in reply to a comment that the “operating cost were better” at the Jeffersonville store.
That location will reopen with a celebration on April 2 following a four-month closure for a minor remodel, Hamm said.
There are no current plans to expand The Comfy Cow, he said, adding that the company will reinvest in its existing stores and employees.
“I think we are going to focus on the things that made Comfy Cow unique and original to begin with, so really good ice cream, great customer service and a funky atmosphere — and community involvement,” Hamm said.
Last summer before the sale of the business, The Comfy Cow decided to start outsourcing its ice cream production to an unnamed ice creamery. The ice cream production company still uses the same recipes and ingredients that The Comfy Cow did, the company noted at the time.
With its announcement Wednesday morning, The Comfy Cow becomes the second business in New Albany to close today. This past weekend, HiCotton Hospitality owner Ryan Rogers told patrons of his restaurant Feast BBQ, located at 116 W. Main St., will close for good today at 9 p.m.