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"The Main Hangout" in Palmyra closing down

PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -

One of the only places in Palmyra for teens to hang out, is closing its doors.

Ron Kraft, owner of the Main Hangout at 110 West Main Cross, announced Wednesday that the popular, smoke and drug-free, hangout would be closing for good.

Kraft says he was served a 30 day eviction notice this week after not being able to pay off $180,000 he previously owed on the building.

And now, Kraft says he's devastated to see what he calls a "safe haven" for teens close down.

"Unfortunately the kids are the ones that are going to lose here in this whole deal. Our community, we've got a good community here, we've got a good school system, we've got the bowling alley, but there's still need to be a place that the kids need to go," said Kraft.

And Kraft says he would like to see another place like The Main Hangout, which was equipped with video game machines and pool tables among other things, open in Palmyra.

"We are actively looking for maybe another place to go, maybe somebody else to take it over, we're just not sure what we are going to do from here on out, it's just hard for me to give it up, but it looks like the good Lord wants me to go a different direction," said Kraft.

No word yet on what will happen to the current building.

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