MEDINA — Mama Jo Homestyle Pies will close its Medina location on Christmas Eve.
It is located at 871 N. Court St. in the Medina Shopping Plaza.
Owner Johanna Mann said the store opened in 2008.
“Mama Jo is pooping out,” she said. “I’m 60 years old.”
She said business peaked at the store during the holidays.
“That kept us going,” Mann said. “Other than that, we didn’t see anybody there. In the slow months of January or February, we were selling 20 pies (a day). That’s bad.”
Sales paled in comparison to Mama Jo’s sister location in Amherst, which sells about 200 pies a day.
“It’s a $2 million business,” Mann said. “It’s a big business here. We’ve been open since 1993. It’s been 25 years here in Amherst. Amherst has treated us well.”
She also sells her pies in Drug Mart locations.
Mann said it got to the point where she was selling more pies at Drug Mart than she was in the Medina store.
“I can’t believe how many pies Drug Mart sells,” she said.
Mann said she’ll concentrate on baking and let Drug Mart focus on selling her products. Mann said she makes between 28 and
34 varieties of pies, depending on what fruit is in season.
“(Running a) small business is tough,” she said.
Mann said the rent was getting too expensive at the Medina Shopping Center. Construction on North Court Street in front of the shopping center also put a major strain on her store. “I was hoping it would be like the Amherst store,” she said. “It just wasn’t happening.”
Mann said they’ve been baking the pies in Amherst, 1969 Cooper Foster Park Road, and shipping them to the Medina location in the last six months. Previously, they had two bakers in Medina.
Two employees in Medina also work in the Amherst store. One part-time employee will lose her job.
Mann said she hopes the people in Medina will miss her fresh baked pies, pastries and cookies that are all made from scratch.
Mama Jo’s claims the secret to its success is its flaky crust.
All of its pies are baked and sold on the same day, which guarantees freshness.