JACKSON, Virginia (AP) Jack’s Fruit Market in Jonesboro, Virginia, will close in 20 years, the company announced Wednesday.
The move comes after 20-year owner Jack Bickley was unable to maintain a healthy supply of apples.
The company said in a statement that it would “focus on the growth of its business in Jonesborough.”
The closure of the company comes a week after the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era rule that would have required fruit and vegetable growers to apply for permits from the USDA.
The decision comes just days after the Agriculture Department announced a $6.5 million expansion of the National Agricultural Sugar Program.
The new rule allows for the use of sugar as a marketing ingredient in foods and beverages.
Read more: http://bit.ly/2d4uDj7 Jack’s is a leading producer of fruits and vegetables and a popular destination for visitors and locals alike.
The store has about 8,000 acres of fruit and vegetables, according to the company’s website.
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