Food lovers in the Hudson Valley will be disappointed to learn a very popular butcher shop is closed.

Fleishers Craft Butchery on Wall Street in Kingston closed on March 18. The reason, the building is being sold.

“When we learned our Kingston landlord was selling our building, we were faced with a tough decision: start over in a new space, or end this chapter in the Hudson River Valley on a high note, proud of our accomplishments,” Interim CEO Samantha Garwin said in an email. “After weighing the challenges of getting product, people, and supplies the 2.5 hours to Kingston from Brooklyn, we determined that as a company we’re no longer equipped – financially or strategically – to support a location so far from our headquarters.”

Fleishers opened up in Kingston in 2004. At the time, it was the only Fleisher location. Now there are four other locations, two in New York City and two in Connecticut.

In 2011, Fleishers opened up a shop in Brooklyn and moved their headquarters from Kingston to Brooklyn.

The company has fond memories of their Kingston location and thanked the people of the Hudson Valley for their support.

“With the farm-to-table movement in its infancy, you jumped right on board, helping us to lead the charge across the country. You spoke passionately about us with friends and family who you knew were demanding a product like ours. You genuinely believed in the mission we put forth at our humble meat counter, and thus the movement began. We shared a vision about how meat should be raised, what transparency actually means, and how meat is meant to taste,” Garwin wrote.

Fleishers understands many Hudson Valley residents will be sad and even angry about their decision to close their Kingston location. To share your thoughts, feelings, frustrations or ideas the company is encouraging your email them at mykingston@fleishers.com.

For a list of other Hudson Valley butchers, click here.