The owners of C & C Specialty Market announced via social media this past weekend that the Beatrice store will be permanently closing in April.
Chad and Courtney Lottman, who also own C & C Processing and Landmark Snacks, said they made the decision to close the retail store in Beatrice to focus on their original retail location in Diller and the continued growth of their production facilities.
The Beatrice store is tentatively scheduled to close on April 6, Chad Lottman said. The closure will affect one full-time and two part-time employees at the store, but Lottman said the employees will have the opportunity to work at the company’s other locations.
The Lottmans have production facilities in Diller and in Beatrice. Landmark Snacks produces multiple products for a national brand called Epic, which sells meat bars and jerky.
“More than anything, it's been a change in our business focus over the last few years,” Lottman said. “As such, with Landmark Snacks here in Beatrice, our primary business focus is on our production facilities. Due to that, the focus has been lowered on retail. The last thing we want is for our quality in our retail service to go down.”
Lottman said that the Diller facility that has always made the retail products available at C & C in Beatrice will still continue to make the products for their retail space in Diller.
While the shop didn’t get quite as much business as they’d have liked, Lottman said that the closure was largely due to the growing focus of their production facilities on the production of products for other customers. Landmark Snacks, for example, now employs upwards of 60 people, he said.
In a Feb. 16 Facebook post, they thanked their longtime customers who have supported the Beatrice location, and noted that they will still serve customers and honor gift cards at the retail location in Diller.
C & C Specialty Market opened in Beatrice in 2010. Located at 2312 N. Sixth St., the store offered a variety of meats, cheeses, specialty foods, wines and beers.