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Cherry Berry under new ownership, will take gift cards

LAWTON, Okla._Nearly three months after one local business closed its doors, leaving hundreds of gift cards in two counties invalid, a new owner is now trying to make things right.

Cherry Berry reopened their Lawton location last week under brand new ownership, now the new owners are working to set the record straight about the store's closing by helping out gift card holders who've been waiting for answers.

Ross and Trevelyn Taylor's business has been open less than one week and they say they've already seen several people walk through their doors with old gift cards. Even though they weren't the ones who issued them, the Taylors are hoping by honoring these cards, they can right as many wrongs as they can right here in their own community.

"It was to his regret and ours too that he just had to pull out," said new owner, Trevelyn Taylor.

Taylor says Duncan and Lawton store owner, Jack Barnes, isn't who people in southwest Oklahoma make him out to be.

"Duncan wasn't doing well, and he basically just lost everything, He initiated to take the gift card key off of the register and so his employees in both locations were told not to sell any more gift cards," said Taylor.

She says those cards kept flying off the shelves, and by early January, folks in Comanche and Stephens counties were up in arms. Two and a half months later, now the Taylors say people are walking in and hoping their cards haven't lost their value after all.

"We've had about half a dozen people so we have a notebook just specially for that and we're taking care of collecting the cards and writing their name and contact information so we'll have that for documentation," explained Taylor.

Taylor says it's the least she can do for Barnes' customers and the city that she will forever call home.

"It was absolutely not anything that he had done on his own. He never intended to make people come in here and purchase something and then not make good on it. I love Lawton. It's familiar to me and I love to see the growth that's taking place in Lawton. It's exciting," said Taylor.

As of right now, the Taylors are accepting gift cards issued at either the Duncan or Lawton locations that are nine months old or less. No refunds will be issued. Owners are only giving store credit for those cards that qualify.

Although the Lawton store is back up and running, the new owners say they have no plans to reopen the Duncan location.

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