Great Harvest Bread Co. in downtown Newark is closing after being on the courthouse square for three years.

Great Harvest Bread Co. in downtown Newark is closing after being on the courthouse square for three years.

"We're just closing," said franchise owner Thomas Campbell, who also owns a store in Pickerington. "We had to make a sad decision."

Campbell said the store he owns on Hill Road North in Pickerington will remain open.

The bread shop in Newark opened in 2005.

"They came in for the (Newark) farmers market two years ago and people stood in line, waiting for the bread man," said Cheri Hottinger, president of the Licking County Chamber of Commerce.

Hottinger said she was happy to work with Campbell and help him find a store location downtown. She said it's sad to see the business leave, especially because of Campbell's appreciation for the Newark square.

"He loves downtown Newark," she said. "People tried to talk him into going up north (21st Street area) or on 30th Street (in Heath), but he was sold on downtown Newark."

Campbell said he told employees the store will close but had not posted the final closing day until July 18. The store will close Saturday, July 26.

"We'll fill orders until the last day," Campbell said. "That Saturday will be the last day we're there."

"We will be sad to see him go," Hottinger said. "I know this was a tough decision for him."

Hottinger said Campbell will continue to sell bread at the farmers market, which is held beside the downtown McDonald's through the first week in October.

"People certainly value his product and want his product," she said.

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