West Point bakery closes

Published 5:37 pm Monday, July 29, 2019

WEST POINT — Jam-N-Java Bakery in downtown West Point announced on social media it was closing its doors for good.

According to the bakery’s Facebook page, the restaurant closed Saturday.

“My staff and I have certainly enjoyed serving you all over the past five years and have been very blessed to know each and every one of you,” the Facebook post said. “The good news is Casey is going to continue with her catering business in Newnan. You can find it listed under Southern Roots Catering.”

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The post also said that if customers had orders placed with the bakery, the business would fulfill those commitments.

Jam-N-Java Bakery Owner Cinda Lott said some days there were 50 people in the restaurant and other times there were as little as five.

“It is hard for small businesses to survive without the support of the community,” she said. “When you are in a transition like West Point is, it is really important to support the small businesses.”

Lott doesn’t have any hard feelings toward the town, adding she loves West Point but there was just a point when she couldn’t invest any more money.

“We had a good run,” she said of her business that lasted five years in Downtown West Point. “I wouldn’t trade a day of it because I do believe we made the community better.”

Jam-N-Java makes the fourth business in downtown West Point to close in 2019. The trend started with Joe’s Tex-Mex suddenly closing in January. Momma Goldberg’s shut down in June, and Sue’s Chic followed suit over the Fourth of July weekend.

Mayor Steve Tramell said he’s not concerned about the future of West Point, adding he doesn’t think the bakery’s location will be vacant for long.

“I am very confident in the future of downtown West Point,” he said. “We just have to get the right fit. We have to have a quick turnaround food place for lunch.”

Tramell said the public should continue to support local restaurants so they can stay viable.

“We have plenty of good anchors downtown and room for more,” Tramell said.