“It’s so sad. I grew up with Gibble’s,” Collins-Keener of Greencastle said. “They were like a childhood mainstay.”
She was one of many fans of the iconic brand who poured into Sunnyway Foods early Friday morning hoping to savor one last bag of the locally made potato chips, pretzels or cheese curls.
“It’s just one thing. If you’re born in my generation, there’s one more thing gone from your childhood — another fond memory gone, Collins-Keener said.
On Thursday, Gibble Foods CEO and Owner Eldon Dieffenbach released a statement that Gibble Foods was discontinuing the manufacturing of Gibble’s snack products effective March 9 to allow the company to focus on private label manufacturing of its snack food products.
Most of the production of Gibble Foods was done at facilities off U.S. 11 south of Chambersburg.
Dean Martin, owner of Sunnyway Foods in Greencastle, said there was no notice given to anyone that the popular brand would vanish.
“It’s been around forever — since I was a kid. It’s sad anytime a local business goes by the wayside. But the way it happened, I guess, is the biggest shock,” Martin said.
Martin found out the news when his route driver told him that he was out of a job.
Gibble’s chips were popular locally, Martin said.
“Everybody in this area is familiar with the Gibble’s name,” he said.
“Obviously the word got out to people, because they came in (Friday morning) and bought out the Gibble’s chips,” he said.
Within about an hour, between 60 and 100 bags of the homegrown favorite was snatched off the shelves at Sunnyway.
Donna Miller of Greencastle likes the regular Gibble’s chips, but settled for a bag of the remaining Krinkle Kut Barbecue chips left on the shelves.
“I used to live right beside Gibble’s, and you could smell them every night. It makes you crave them,” Miller said.
She heard the news on Thursday and headed out to try to find them before they disappeared.
“I’m hoping some other company will take them over. I don’t know if Martin’s will, but they will certainly be missed,” she said.
For 20 years, Rob McCleary lived half a mile from Gibble’s production plant off U.S. 11 south of Chambersburg.
“Man, I can’t believe this,” McCleary of Greencastle said about the end of a local mainstay.