Brookins said she didn't close the Little Country Store for any other reason than it was the right time to do so. Faced with moving for a fifth time, Brookins said she thought of having the opportunity to see her grandchildren more often.
"This just seemed to happen when everything was coming together. This was the best time to say, 'OK, we're changing our lives," she said.
She said she doesn't want her closing the business to seem like an affront to the customers she's come to love.
"I don't want it ever to seem like, 'Oh, I've had enough of this.' It was just time to start a new chapter in our lives," said Brookins. "It never felt like work. How many people can say that they've worked for 20 years and when it was time to retire it felt like it was only a couple of days?""