A once popular and iconic produce market in Baldwin County is closing its doors.
According to a post on its Facebook page, Burris Farm Market will close its location on Highway 59 in Loxley this Sunday.
Originally opened by the Burris family, the market was bought by a new owner several years ago who opened a new location at The Wharf in Orange Beach.
The owners said they're closing the Loxley location because business has fallen off drastically. They claim the diversion of traffic from Highway 59 to the Baldwin Beach Express and increased competition from other supermarkets are to blame.
The owner is also facing legal trouble of his own. In April, 58-year-old Richard David Stewart was arrested on two counts of sexual abuse first degree. Prosecutors said Stewart abused the female victim in September 2017. The crime was reported in Gulf Shores.
The next month, Stewart was arrested on another sex abuse charge. Investigators said that case involved a different victim.
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