The iconic Elmo mascot is closing his doors after more than two decades of operation, ending a run that has spanned three generations of family, friends and fans.
The Elmo FireCider Company, which had been owned by a man named David Schwartz, is shutting down after less than two months.
Schwartz has been with the company for the last 11 years, according to a statement from the company.
The company says it has no employees, and the last day of operations will be Tuesday, March 14.
The closure marks a sad and sad day for Elmont, where the company’s logo will still hang in the corner of the building.
“Elmo is a beloved member of the Elmont community and the company will continue to operate in a manner that honors Elmont’s rich history and unique history as a city,” Schwartz said in a statement.
Schwartz was appointed as the company owner in 2006 and has been a major part of the family business since the company began.
Schwartz said he will continue working to bring Elmo’s beloved fire, ice and cider to a larger audience through his nonprofit.
“The Elmo brand is synonymous with fun and family,” Schwartz told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
Elmo was a favorite of the Schwartz family for more than 30 years, and he said in his statement that he is thrilled that the company is shutting its doors. “
We look forward to welcoming Elmo back to Elmont.”
Elmo was a favorite of the Schwartz family for more than 30 years, and he said in his statement that he is thrilled that the company is shutting its doors.
“He loved Elmo,” Schwartz wrote.
“And I love him.”
The Elmont Fire Company was founded in 1952 by the Schwartz brothers, but the company changed hands a couple of times.
In 1978, it was bought by a group of local investors led by John Miller.
Miller sold the company in 1990 and took it public.
He sold the business to Schwartz, who became the company CEO in 2007.
The family business was incorporated in 1986 and was part of a group called the Fire and Ice Company.
Miller said in an interview last year that the family was never involved in the business and said Schwartz never owned the company or even the name.
“This is not an entity we own,” Miller said.
“My father and I had it. “
I do not own the name Fire and I did not own it until it went to the family,” Miller added.
“My father and I had it.
It was his.”
Schwartz said his family was in a difficult financial situation when he sold the Fire Company to Miller, who in turn sold the family company to the Schwartzs in 2012.
He said the family is in the process of reopening the company, but that he has no specific plans to reopen the company after the new owners take over.
“Hopefully, I’ll be able to reopen in some capacity,” Schwartz added.
Schwartz plans to donate the company to a non-profit he has created called Elmo Inc., which is dedicated to helping children and families in need.
Elmo is known for its fire, fire and ice drinks, including a red-hot beverage called the Elmo Cup that is available to kids as a birthday gift.
The Fire and Frost Company, the Elmottos first fire company, was started in 1956 by the brothers, who were inspired to create a fun and festive gift for their friends.
The fire company’s slogan, “Elmottoes Cup, Elmows Fire,” was also popular among children.
The founders wrote a children’s book and the first Elmo movie, The Elmomancer, was released in 1962.
The Schwartz family has been involved in philanthropy for years.
Their charitable efforts include helping build a hospital in the neighborhood of Elmont that serves low-income families.
Schwartz, the oldest of the five brothers, served as the CEO of the company and was a board member until recently.
In a statement, the company said Schwartz is “sadly leaving this great business in the hands of a very sad man.”
“The time has come for us to look to the future,” the statement read.
“David Schwartz and his family will continue his work in a way that honors the history and tradition of the beloved Elmont town.
We are looking forward to celebrating the life of Elmo and the great history of Elmmont.”
The company will reopen in the spring and reopen at Elmont Park in Elmont.
Elmont is home to Elmo in the fictional city of Elmonica.