STROUD TWP., Pa. - A popular Poconos popcorn business will close its doors at the end of the month.
Greg Campeotto, president of Popcorn Buddha, says several factors led to the decision to close the Stroud Township-based business.
He says slow sales coupled with a trademark dispute with another company have created financial trouble. Campeotto says he's spent tens of thousands of dollars fighting an online retailer who he says is using Popcorn Buddha's trademarked name and similar logo to sell product.
"I'd like to think they came up with it on their own and didn't realize it…it makes you wonder, but I'm not going to speculate on that,” he said.
When news of the imminent close started to spread, Campeotto says customers started flooding the business to grab what might be the last of their favorite flavors. But unfortunately, the latest sales aren't enough to make up for months of lagging business.
Popcorn Buddha regulars say it will be missed.
"It’s a huge loss to the community,” said Rebecca Bear who stopped by the store to pick up some popcorn before leaving town for a vacation.
“They do tons of fundraising. They've always helped our PTO's… they donate to everything. I've used them for so many events."
Greg Campeotto says although this is the end it's not goodbye. He plans to relocate to the Midwest, close to where the corn he uses is grown, and restart the business to focus more on online sales and hopes to eventually reopen the Stroudsburg store.
Popcorn Buddha customers can still order online until August 22. The store will close on August 24.
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