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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A long-standing local business has been sold.

Greenbean Coffee House owners Travis and Catherine McCabe on Wednesday completed the purchase of the Baronner’s Farm Market property, 1613-1625 N. Juniata St. from Bob and Kelly Baronner.

The market, established in 1950 by Bill and Richard Baronner, went on sale in January.

The sale includes the farm market, coolers, a second level apartment, two barns and finished parking.

Baronner’s was best known for its sweet corn. The couple previously planned to sell part of their farm this summer, but those plans have changed.

“We are retired, we will not have sweet corn this summer” said Kelly Baronner.

Both couples are happy with the transaction.

“Bob and I are very pleased with the sale, we’re thrilled it’s going to another small business owner who has invested in the community,” said Kelly Baronner. “My father-in-law would be happy to see a young couple start a business there. These kids seem to have a vision and are highly motivated. The letters they sent to us show us that they really have a community interest. We wanted to see the locals get it rather than someone setting up another strip mall.

“In fact, Blair County is our home, we were looking for ways to improve the county and be accessible to its residents. We saw this as an opportunity to take up the torch from (the) Baronners, we feel it as an honor and an opportunity to continue our activities in this place which has served them so well, for so long”, Catherine McCabe said.

The McCabes, owners of Greenbean Coffee Houses in the Grande Palazzo and at 720 Sixth Ave. (a new location will open across the street on June 11), hope to begin construction in the spring of 2023.

“We need to get all the permits in place. If we can do it sooner, we will. We hope to be open in late summer or early fall 2023,” Catherine McCabe said.

The new location will have dual drive-thru and indoor seating and will create 20-25 new full-time and part-time jobs.

The sale is bittersweet for the Baronners.

“During the last-minute cleanup, our son, Robert Baronner II, looked at his dad and said, ‘Do you know how many memories have been made here?’ It was good for Bob to see his son get emotional. This place made a lot of memories for a lot of people,” said Kelly Baronner.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 814-946-7467.

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