The historic Owls Head General Store, the last remaining place to buy groceries or other convenience items in town, has closed.

"This wonderful experience would not have been possible without all of you. However, after serious thought and consideration, we are making the very difficult decision to close the business," said Sheree Craig, who owns the store along with her husband, Rob Craig.

"The General Store remains for sale, and our sincerest wish is that an enthusiastic buyer will come along soon to continue the journey and tradition that began so long ago. Please keep our amazing staff in your thoughts. They are like family to us, and were the heart of our business," Craig said in a Nov. 6 statement.

She said Wednesday, Nov. 22, the decision was made for personal reasons. She also pointed out that it had become difficult to find enough employees to keep the store open longer hours in the summer when — as many other Maine businesses find — businesses must make sufficient money to survive the winter months.

The store had two full-time employees and four to five part-time workers.

The Craigs purchased the store in July 2012 from Tom and Martha Luttrell, who had run the store for a little more than four years.

Craig said when she and her husband purchased the store her intent was to leave her insurance and financial career and run the store. She said she had a change of heart, however, after the purchase.

The owners installed a new sewage system on the property earlier this year at a cost of $65,000.

The store has been for sale for three years, but there has been no serious interest, she said. The store is a turnkey business, Craig said. The asking price is $274,900.

The 1,058-square-foot building was built in 1880 and has been a general store since at least the 1920s. The store is located next to the post office and is within walking distance of Owls Head Harbor and the Lighthouse Road leading to the Owls Head Lighthouse.

"Even though it was a little place, it was a gathering place," said Linda Christie, who was raised in Owls Head Village, where the store is located. "It was a big part of growing up."

She said everyone would use the store as a place to talk about community happenings.

"You could get groceries or number two pencils or crayons. They packed a lot into the store," Christie recalled.

The general store was also the go-to place for summer visitors. It had gasoline pumps until about the 1970s.

In more recent decades, the residence that had been part of the building was converted to more store space. There was a kitchen where menu items were offered.

In 2009, Food Network Magazine named the store's "Seven Napkin Burger" the best in Maine.

Owners of the store over have included the Craigs since July 2012, the Luttrells from January 2008 to 2012, Ann Maher and Judy McNeilly from April 1997 to 2008, Dale and Constance Beal from December 1991 to 1997, Charles and Marion Stevens from November 1973 to 1991, Galdys Daucett from July 1950 to 1973, Maynard Higgins from May through July 1950, John and Grace Malanson from May 1948 to 1950, John Kirk from 1927 to 1948, and Ira Feeney owned it prior to selling it to Kirk, according to Knox County Registry of Deeds records.