Erie County Farms closes for good

ERIE, Pa. -- Erie County Farms, once a buzzing discount grocer, has checked out.

The longtime Erie discount grocer closed its doors for the last time Thursday afternoon.

Erie County Farms owner Natalie Pacileo was ordered to begin liquidating and had until Dec. 6 to do so, but the store at 2256 Broad St. closed just before 1:30 p.m. Thursday after running out of product.

The family-owned store was forced to close and liquidate following an order by Erie County Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Agresti Nov. 23.

Agresti ordered the store into Chapter 7 bankruptcy, forcing the store to close. Pacileo has nearly $130,000 in unpaid federal and state payroll tax.

Shoppers on Thursday said that there were no vegetables or fruit when they took their final trip through the store.

Now only empty cardboard boxes are what remain at the east Erie grocer.

After the doors closed, dozen of shoppers were turned away, unaware Thursday was the store's final day.

“It is terrible to see it empty,” shopper Patty Fritz said. “This is an institution that's been around forever. Of course I remember fighting for chickens at 19 cents a pound years ago and now it's gone.”

Pacileo was reportedly not at the store on Thursday and employees declined comment. 


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