Zaro’s, a bakery in the Bronx, will close down after 55 years, the owners said this week.
Michael Zaro said they are being forced to close down due to high rent costs, News 12 reported.
“We get a letter from the landlord that says your last day is December 31,” added owner, Stuart Zaro, according to NY1 in explaining what happened. “We’ve negotiated a lease with a large national food chain, so please vacate the premise.”
The landlord of the property, Olshan Properties, told them six weeks ago they will not be renewing the bakery’s lease.
As a result, the bakery didn’t have a choice to bid on the space to keep their business in the same location and intact.
News 12 reported the bakery couldn’t meet the property owner’s terms for renewal.
“Everyone knows Zaro’s, I mean everyone,” said one resident who lives nearby, according to NY1. “I wish they didn’t have to close. I’m gonna miss this place,” said a regular.
“This is part of the community,” added another. “It’s been here for many years, since I was a child. Sad to see it go.”
“We’ve been coming here I could say at least five times a month,” another person said.
Zaro said the bakery is working to get another location in Parkchester.
The bakery will be closing down on Monday, Dec. 28.