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Jun 18, 2014 11:49 AM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Daycare Doors Closing, Giving Parents Just 72 Hours Notice

CORPUS CHRISTI - A local daycare is closing it's doors after nearly 20 years in business. Now, concerned parents claim the childcare center only gave them only 72 hours of notice.

Owner Alice Peel says come next week children would no longer be able to attend Granny's Kountry School.

"I would take them all home with me if I could," Peel said.

She says, a sign was posted Tuesday to let parents know, the daycare was closing up shop.

"We haven't been taking registration because we've been trying to sell," Peel said.

Peel says, the property has been for sale for two and a half years. 24 short hours ago it was sold.

"The real estate told me to come in and sign and that he was hoping the person who bought it, would give us 30 days but he won't," Peel added.

That leaves the parents of roughly 65 children to find alternative care for the kids during the day.

"Well I don't know what I'm going to do now, there's no other option, everybody else is pretty much full, it's summer," one parent said.

Some parents say it's frustrating, not to mention a hassle to find a new daycare. For parents just like them, Peel says the property buyers gave her no choice in the matter and that she is devastated to end her business this way.

"It was very short notice and I was upset with it, I just love all their kids, some of them I've had since I started, so that's all," she said.

Peel says come Monday, what was once a children's sanctuary will be torn down and re-built for an equipment rental shop. Plus, she says she also made calls to other local daycares, in order to help parents find alternative care for the kids. The center will be closed for good to child care by Friday.

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