Allen's Creamery & CoffeeHouse is closing its doors in the heart of downtown Windermere.
The business took to social media to share the news Wednesday, Aug. 16.
"Well....definitely a hard post for the Allen Family!" the business wrote on Facebook. "After 15 plus wonderful years of service to the Windermere community, we have to say goodbye! The town of Windermere is evolving and due to the new Downtown Windermere Property project, it is time for our chapter to end!"
The second reading of an ordinance regarding the Windermere Downtown Property Development Agreement for the final development plan was approved unanimously at the Windermere Town Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 8.
The Windermere Downtown Property Planned Unit Development sits on 2.17 acres within the Town Center District Overlay at the northeast corner of Main Street and East Sixth Avenue.
According to the final project plans, the 19,750-square-foot retail, restaurant and office space rests within two one-story buildings with a courtyard included between.
Currently, the only announced use for the project is a boutique Ace Hardware store proposed for the building on the north end. There will be about six to seven businesses filling the suites.
Allen's has been in business for more than 15 years.
"We hope we have provided as many happy memories to families and friends of our community as you have provided for us," the Facebook post read. "The fond thoughts of the many events and milestones here will forever live in our hearts! When we opened the shop...our goal was to offer this wonderful community a local ice cream shop much like the one we grew up with. Hopefully, we accomplished this!"
Many residents have already taken to Facebook to express their appreciation and love for the business.
"The Allen family has always supported the families in our town, through generous donations to town events, school fundraisers and charity drives," Windermere Council Member Andy Williams wrote. "Thank you for always being there! You will be missed!"
"Thank you Allen’s for 15 great years!" Windermere Mayor Jim O'Brien wrote. "Plus lots of special memories with our children."
The last day Allen's will be open is Food Truck Night Friday, Sept. 22.
For more information on Allen's Creamery & CoffeeHouse, click here.