Joshua Cup closing in downtown Macon

Joshua Cup Coffee, 1090 Washington Ave., Macon, is closing after 12 years downtown.

Owner Jon Beachy said the last day of business will be Friday.

“This was a difficult decision for us,” Beachy stated in a news release. “We want to express our deep gratitude to the community, customers and employees who have become family to us over the past 12 years.”

Beachy said he couldn’t get too specific about why he’s closing the coffee shop, but he did say he’s been working during the past several months to transfer ownership.

“That didn’t work. That plan imploded and brought us to this point,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

Beachy said he’s considering other business ventures.

“We don’t have anything concrete to announce, but we’re investigating other opportunities,” he said.

A.J. Shifflet works downtown and said he goes to Joshua Cup to work on his computer.

“It’s a good place for college students. I wouldn’t think they’d be closing. I always see people in there,” he said.

The coffee shop shared the news of its pending closure on its Facebook page, thanking patrons for their business and loyalty.

“We are sad to see this day, but at the same time are incredibly grateful for the experiences and relationships we have been gifted with over the past 12 years,” the Facebook message read. “Our lives are much richer for them.”

To contact writer Harold Goodridge, call 744-4382.