Goff’s Ice Cream Shop closes after seven decades in business

An ice cream shop that has been a mainstay in Orlando since 1948 has closed up shop for good.

Goff’s Drive-In Ice Cream shop was forced to shut down its location at 212 S Orange Blossom Trail, just months after an arsonist set fire to the establishment.

“Goff’s has always been more than just a cinder block ice cream shop and we refer to our customers as Orlando’s Finest for a reason. No matter the weather or temperature, you showed up. When there was a pandemic, you showed up. When there was adversity, you showed up. When we asked for your help, you showed up, big,” reads a statement posted to social media by owner Todd Peacock.

In May, the business was devastated by a fire that was set by a man who was since arrested and charged. Over the ensuing months, Peacock made strides in getting the business back to its former glory. On Tuesday, December 6, he said he had made the difficult decision to close the shop.

“My plan was to continue the legacy. My plan was to create more memories, meet more generations, share in more celebrations. My children’s plans were to one day continue what Mr. Goff started and what you, our extended Orlando family have helped build. But, we also have learned, try as we might, we are not in control. He is. And we have no choice but to trust His purpose for us,” said Peacock.

Established in 1948 by Edwin Goff, the business was passed to Peacock’s grandfather, William Truesdell, with the agreement that the name would not change. After Truesdell passed, his wife Joanne kept the business running. Over 13 years ago, Peacock’s grandmother entrusted him with the business.

“Thank you Orlando. This isn’t goodbye. This is see you later. We feel your love, Orlando. And I hope you feel ours.”

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