CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A local community is rallying around a long-time staple, as it learns their doors will be closing after 4 decades of business.
During the pandemic, the business has been struggling to make ends meet.
The owners of Twin Rocks Pizza, just outside of Nanty Glo, tell me they are devastated to have to close their doors, but they are grateful for all the support the community has given them throughout the years.
Bonnie Rummel was working at the pizza shop at 12 years old when the owner put it up for sale, so Bonnie asked her parents if she could buy it and that’s when her family business began, but this little pizza place is way more than just a business to the Rummels.
“Not that i want to compare it in any way, but this is almost like losing a family member because this has been our whole lives, this has been my whole life,” Bonnie said.
Her daughters Montana and Dakota in tears, Montana hoped she would one day be able to take over the business.
“But now it’s like we don’t know what we are going to do, but I am so thankful for the opportunity that I had,” Montana said.
Customers are not going to let their favorite pizza shop close without a fight.
Following their announcement on Facebook, support from the community is pouring in.
Like the comment from Jay Etheridge thanking the shop for giving him a safe place to go with friends when he was a teen.
It is clear that this little shop has touched many hearts in the community and one local resident is taking action.
“As soon as I saw it I reached out to her and I asked her how can I help and asked her if I can set up a go-fund-me account, she wasn’t sure if it would work, but I said we have to try,” customer, Mandy Wisor said.
Wisor made the fundraiser last night and she says the response is shocking.
“I never in a million years thought it would be up to over $3000 by morning, I never thought it would reach that in less than 24 hours,” Wisor said.
The shop has been there for the community throughout the year’s whether it was donating to schools or donating pizzas to people that lost loved ones.
“I have kids that play sports and her business has donated to our sports teams and she’s helped other people in the community as well so it’s definitely time that we give back to her,” Wisor said.
Twin Rocks plans to remain open for as long as possible. The owners tell me they will be closing within the next few weeks, but a final date has not been set.
Link to donate: https://bit.ly/334jYB6
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