is closing in Los Gatos, but not until Labor Day.
That's good news for locals who love ice cream and have become regulars at the store in the summer to cool off from the hot temperatures.
Owner Charles Hamm, of San Jose, said he decided to close the business due to declining sales in the winter which have made it impossible for him to continue to pay the rent at Lyndon Plaza.
Hamm has been leasing the space month to month. He said he has tried to sell the business for about a year without success.
When , 20 So. Santa Cruz Ave., Suite 200, found out about Hamm's decision to close the store, its owners decided to expand into his space at suite 201, Hamm said.
Hamm owns another Cold Stone Creamery in Rivermark Plaza, in Santa Clara.
"We're hanging in there ... We'll continue operation there, but it's a tough time, it's been tough since 2008," Hamm lamented.
Hamm said the store has been in Los Gatos since 2006. He said he bought it in March of 2007 from a previous owner who had been losing money. At the time, there were two Cold Stone Creamery stores in Los Gatos. "They had mediocre sales and I thought if one closed, those customers would come over. In the summertime it's not too bad, but I just can't afford the winters.
"I'm very sad to leave and I love all the patrons who have come to Cold Stone Creamery all these years. I wish I could stay open for them, but the business environment has made it impossible to continue operation."