The end of an era: Pete’s Donuts set to close

August 27, 2014   ·   0 Comments

To borrow an expression from William Shakespeare, enhanced by Willie Wonka, “Adieu, Adieu! Parting is such sweet sorrow.”
Bidding farewell is such an emotional event for the owner of Pete’s Donuts in Primrose, Luba Little as the announcement came that the coffee shop will be officially closing as of Sunday, August 31st. The closing comes as the owner of the building leased by Little is sold and the community of Primrose will begin the process of grieving the loss of what can only be described as a home away from home and so much more than a coffee shop on a corner in a little town to so many. Was it the welcoming smiles of staff, the smell of baking, freshly brewed coffee, the friendly faces of customers, friendships forged while life happened at this busy corner in Primrose, or perhaps a combination of it all that made this business thrive? In any case, Pete’s Donuts in Primrose will be sorely missed.
“Pete’s Donuts has been around for more than 25 years,” commented Little. I’ve owned the business for only five years and it was such a beautiful experience. It’s the people, I will miss all the beautiful people.”
Some students can accurately describe having worked part time for Little during their entire high school experience, including Little’s oldest son, Ryan. “At a farewell party, the kids made a beautiful keepsake, a disc of memories. In fact, the man who helped make the disc, had been coming here for 30 years. Our customers are more like family,” commented Little.
While change is always difficult, Little’s message to the community is positive, “I can’t tell you how we’ve been embraced by the community. It’s been so wonderful. I can’t thank everyone enough. It was fun the whole time and a really great experience and we really will miss all of our customers, and I mean all of them.”
Out of Little’s 10 part-time employees, five are off to college or university this fall and when they return for Christmas vacation, the reality will set in for the young adults as Little puts it, “It really is an end to an era.”
As fate would have it, the business owner with the last name of Little made the biggest impact on so many of the lives Pete’s Donuts welcomed each time their doors opened for so many years. As sad as the community is to see Pete’s Donuts close, the community wishes Little and staff the very best for a continued bright future, as bright as the time spent in Pete’s Donuts!

By Alex Sher



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