AUSTIN – An iconic east Austin business closed its doors Friday after 53 years, much to the dismay of a diverse array of customers.
The Mrs. Bairds Bakery Outlet in the 700 block of Tillery has been a neighborhood staple since 1960. The business remained after the Bairds Bakery next door shut down in the nineties.
“This place has been here a long time. I mean my kids were young when I used to bring my kids here and my Dad and Mom brought me here,” said James Ellison who was shopping Friday.
“I don't like it. I'm still trying to take it in that it's closing,” said Ralph Ahearn, a local teacher shopping with his wife.
Employees told KVUE off camera that the landlord couldn’t afford the new lease which is why the business is now closing.
Customers say the closure is a real blow to east Austin.
“I would come here every Friday and purchase all my bread products for the residents at Pecan Grove Nursing Center. And it brings tears to my eyes knowing that this place is fixing to leave,” said Ms. Alberta Dudley.
The only Mrs. Bairds Bakery outlet left in the Austin area is in Round Rock at 1201 IH-35.