'We're really sorry': Why popular pit-stop is closing
THE operators of a Far North Coast food business that's about to close its doors have cited property difficulties.
The Humble Pie Co's eatery and takeaway, based on Mogo Place in Billinudgel, will have its final day of trading on Monday, January 27.
The business has been in the town for decades.
Kay Hahn is the sales representative for The Humble Pie Co and its sister company, Ezybake.
Ms Hahn said the original property owner of their Billinudgel site had sadly passed away.
She said the property had since been slated for sale, resulting in pie shop being on a short-term lease for an extended period.
She said the uncertainty of their future there had made the site untenable.
"We can only do that for so long," she said.
"Not having that long-term lease puts us up in the air because at any moment things can change."
But she said the town's general store had come to the rescue and would be stocking their pies.
"Humble Pies will still exist," she said.
"We want people to know that Humble Pies is still available to purchase for the general public in Billinudgel."
She said shutting up shop was a hard decision for the company, which also has a factory outlet at Ormeau.
"The boss is actually quite upset himself," she said.
"We're sad ourselves.
"We thank the community and all of our long-term regular clientele that have always stopped on their travels between NSW and Queensland.
"We're really sorry, but our hands are tied."
She said some of the staff members had been with the business a long time.
Unable to order more into the space they'll be closing down, she said they would have limited stock in the final days of trading.
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IT'S long been an institution for residents and travellers alike.
Tucked just off the highway, easy to duck in for a feed if you're heading north on a roadtrip.
The Humble Pie Co at Billinudgel is an icon of the small town.
But it's just days away from closing its doors for good.
The business has posted a sign at its entrance informing customers the business will be closed from Monday.
The note apologises for any inconvenience of this move, but doesn't explain the sudden closure.
The Mogo Place eatery offers a large range of family-sized and small pies, among other things.
A representative of the Humble Pie Co has been approached for comment.