Karns Quality Foods purchased a long-running family market in central Pennsylvania.


Karns Quality Foods purchased a long-standing family market in central Pennsylvania.

Mutzabaugh’s Family Market in Duncannon, which has been in business for more than a century, is closing its doors.

Stanley Mutzabaugh and Robin Stone, the owners, said in a letter posted on Facebook on Monday that effective Dec.

6 In Silver Spring Township, they are selling the market to Karns Quality Foods.

“In short, navigating through the endless changes in regulations, changes in our industry, and increased costs in health care, utilities, and the cost of goods has become a challenge for a single store operator,” they wrote.

“It’s been a fantastic run, but now it’s time to move on.”

Butchered meats, sub sandwiches, a seafood department, and a bakery are all staples at Mutzabaugh’s.

It all started in 1920, when Thomas Mutzabaugh started selling home-cured meats and ice from the back of his horse and buggy.

The market moved around a lot over the years before settling down in 1993 at 3 Friendly Drive in the Duncannon Plaza in Perry County.

Mutzabaugh’s and Karns, according to the family, operate on similar principles and have long histories of serving their communities.

Karns Foods is keeping its employees and working with them during the transition, according to the letter.

“We are convinced that the Karns family is the ideal candidate to take over Mutzabaugh’s Market.

“We ask that you support them in the same way that you supported us so that our staff and community can continue to thrive,” the letter read.

In this INFOSURHOY file photo from 1999, shoppers buy meat at Mutzabaughs’s Market in Duncannon during an annual sale.

Patriot-News of Harrisburg

The store will remain open during the transition and critical holiday shopping season, according to Andrea Karns, vice president of sales and marketing for Karns.

Updates to the produce section and bakery, as well as improvements to the meat and seafood departments, including an 80-foot full-service case, will begin in 2022.

The fresh deli counter will be expanded, a new front-end system will be installed, and the décor will be updated.

“We are thrilled to carry on their tradition with Karns’ enhancements,” said Scott Karns, president and CEO of Mutzabaugh’s.

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