Wednesday, November 30, 2022

What’s going on with Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt? What’s that orange sign on the door?

ames City County Treasurer Jennifer Tomes said Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt owes excise food and beverage taxes and business license fees dating back to April 2018. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)
James City County Treasurer Jennifer Tomes said Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt owes excise food and beverage taxes and business license fees dating back to April 2018. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)

This may be sad news for frozen yogurt lovers.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, at 4645 Casey Blvd. in Williamsburg, has been closed during some regular business hours recently, and now has a sign posted indicating the business owes overdue taxes to James City County.

On Thursday, a bright orange sign posted at the front of the business reads “Do not move business personal property under penalty of law.”

James City County Treasurer Jennifer Tomes said Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt owes excise food and beverage taxes and business license fees dating back to April 2018. Tomes was not able to release the amount the business owes.

The county posted the sign Feb. 26 after the county’s contracted collection agency, Virginia Auction Company, visited the property to try to collect the overdue taxes.

Menchie’s had a payment agreement in place to get caught up on the taxes, but missed a payment, prompting the sign to be posted on the door.

Tomes did not immediately have a due date for the taxes, but said debtors typically have 72 hours after the sign is posted to pay what they owe.

If the debt is not paid, Virginia Auction Company will be able to sell the business’ property to recoup that tax revenue, Tomes said.

A Jan. 28 post on the Menchie’s Settlers Market Facebook page apologized for the store being closed during normal business hours.

ames City County Treasurer Jennifer Tomes said Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt owes excise food and beverage taxes and business license fees dating back to April 2018. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)
James City County Treasurer Jennifer Tomes said Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt owes excise food and beverage taxes and business license fees dating back to April 2018. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)

“Please accept our apology for recent store closures during normal business hours. We will have new inportant [sic] news to share soon! We value our guest [sic] and do not take you for granted. Thank you for your patience at this time, management,” the post said.

Facebook posts indicate the business opened in fall 2013.

The phone number listed for Menchie’s was no longer in service when WYDaily called Thursday afternoon.

Menchie’s corporate did not immediately return a voicemail left at its headquarters in California.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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