Adams County attraction Boyds Bear Country, shown with its mural under construction before the opening in 2002, plans to shut its doors for good in early
Adams County attraction Boyds Bear Country, shown with its mural under construction before the opening in 2002, plans to shut its doors for good in early 2011 (File Photo)

Boyds Bear Country Store in Gettysburg is set to close early next year, though a date has yet to be determined, said Dan Baumgardner, the store's manager.

"We will be open through Jan. 4," he said. "When do we close? That's the million-dollar question."

Baumgardner said he learned about the planned closure on Monday. He said he doesn't know why the decision was made to close the store that opened in 2002.

Baumgardner said he informed staff on Monday and Tuesday about the closing.

There are between 40 and 50 employees at the store that is known for selling the collectible bears, Yankee candles, Longaberger baskets, Meadowbrook gourds and Thomas Kinkade artwork, Baumgardner said.

"Though we are a large store, we recognized (customers') faces and knew their names," he said. "It was a very family-oriented business. People came here from many parts of the East Coast and from around the country."

Until it closes for good, the store -- located at 75 Cunningham Road -- will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, except Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, according to Baumgardner.

The five-story, 130,000-square-foot store is situated on 123 acres of land, he said.

"It's very beautiful," he said. "For some of the customers, the store was a second home for them. 'What are we going to do now? We love this place?' is the majority of the feedback we're getting from them."

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at 505-5438 or emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.