COVID strikes again.
Two of Murfreesboro's oldest businesses made significant announcements on Wednesday.
Saddest of the two, City Café announced that Saturday, Nov. 14 will be its last day serving home cooking on the Square. The 120-year-old business has had a hard time managing the pandemic and owner Teresa Kellogg said via Facebook that the closure is unavoidable without a miracle.
"We tried so hard to push through, and we just can’t continue our journey. We appreciate and love every single one of you who have made an impact and supported us for all of these years. Please come out and support us for our last few days," she said.
Kellogg started a GoFundMe, not to save her business, but to financially help her employees until they can find new jobs. Donate here.
The local institution opened on Feb. 10, 1900 on the south side of the Square, where Bink's Outfitters currently stands. Over the years, it's been owned by the Cooper, the Cantrells, Simpsons, and Perkins families.
The second piece of COVID news was State Farm announcing it is closing its nearly all its facilities nationwide, including in Murfreesboro, and shifting employees to work from home permanently.
State Farm spokeswoman Gina Morss-Fischer said Murfreesboro's roughly 800 of it 1,200 employees moved from the office to the house in March after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
The exact date of closing the 600,000-square-foot facility on Memorial Boulevard hasn't been announced and will depend on lease terms, Morss-Fischer said.
State Farm will also close facilities in:
• Austin, Texas,
• Ballston Spa, New York,
• Birmingham, Alabama,
• Charlottesville, Virginia,
• Concordville, Pennsylvania,
• DuPont, Washington,
• Greeley, Colorado,
• Lincoln, Nebraska,
• New Albany, Ohio,
• Newark, Ohio and
• Winter Haven, Florida.
In 1953, State Farm announced it would open a new facility in Nashville to handle claims and underwriting for property, casualty and life insurance. Local community leaders sent State Farm letters and cards, along with other outreach that led the company to locate here. State Farm purchased five acres to build a $400,000, one-story building between Northwest Broad Street and Memorial Boulevard in 1954. The company opened its current building at Memorial and DeJarnett in 1989.