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Pumpernick N Pastry to close its doors July 20

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blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

In business since 1973, locally-owned bakery Pumpernick N Pastry announced yesterday through its Facebook page that it would close its doors for good on July 20.

Situated at 2059 Clinton St. in Buffalo, the central hub of the bakery—which once supported several other small sales outlets in Elma, West Seneca and other WNY towns until two years ago—was recognized for wedding cakes, cookies, cupcakes, danishes, coffee cakes, paczki, doughnuts and king cakes.

Upon hearing the news of the local business’ closing, sad customers reminisced on the Facebook thread, ranging from longtime locals to an expat in Atlanta. See right for the Pumpernick N Pastry representative’s explanation for why the business would shut down.

According to the Buffalo News and confirmed by a quick phone call Saturday morning, Pumpernick N Pastry chose to cease operations due to New York State taxes and the state of the local economy.

“A lot of our older clientele has passed away,” said an associate who requested anonymity. “Because of the economy, a lot of people can’t really afford our baked goods anymore.”

The News’ Jonathan D. Epstein noted that Cash Realty would auction off Pumpernick N Pastry’s building and equipment on July 29 from the bakery’s location. Here’s more:

The auction will start with the property itself, a 6,300-square-foot brick building, with 31 parking spaces, on 0.34 acres. Cash will then proceed to auction the equipment, piece by piece, including ovens, tables and chairs, refrigerated and other display cases, work tables, slicers, mixers, bowls, fryers, an icing conveyor and other kitchen and office equipment.

Orders can still be placed for next week at Pumpernick N Pastry, as the bakery will have plenty of inventory to sell off before the closing date.

Call (716) 824-9300 to snag bread or sweets; and according to the associate, Pumpernick N Pastry products hold up well in the freezer if you want to preserve some memories.

(Header photo courtesy of Flickr / Kanko*)

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