COLOMA — Jollay Market closed this week after nine years of business near the I-94 exit at Coloma.
In a Facebook post Monday, Jollay Market thanked its customers and staff before stating “we must take pause and see what life brings us.”
Jay Jollay, who runs Jollay Orchards along with his wife, confirmed the closure and post Tuesday.
“I don’t have a whole lot say other than we are closed right now,” Jollay said.
He did not say whether the closure was permanent. The entire store, including the popular taco stand, are closed as well.
While the family-owned market closed Monday, the Jollay Orchards farm – which has been in operation in Coloma since 1857 – remains open. Jollay said the U-pick and group tours will still be offered.
In the summer, the market was used as an outlet to sell the farm’s fruit along the highway.
The market first opened in 2010. Situated a few miles from the farm, near the I-94 exit, the market sold doughnuts, coffee, homemade jams and tacos.
In a 2018 interview with The Herald-Palladium, Jollay said the retail component of the farm seemed to be good for business.
“The customer base is much different between the market and the farm,” Jollay said then. “There’s more in-and-out traffic for the market. The farm is where we get folks who visit longer. A lot of the time, it’s people who have been coming here for decades.”
Coloma Township Supervisor Ken Parrigin said he learned about the market’s closure by word of mouth.
“It means a lot (to the community),” Parrigin said Tuesday. “They’ve been around a long time and I hate to see them close down. I’ll miss the friendliness of the people who worked there.”
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