The last day of business for Crest Bakery, an institution in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood, will be Sunday, a co-owner said Wednesday.
A co-owner of the business confirmed for a story in the Beacon Journal last week that a sale of the property at 888 N. Main St. was expected to soon close.
There was no closing date available last week for the store, which opened in 1939. The co-owner, Rafael Apaestegui, said no more orders are being taken. Ingredients are being used up and there is no guarantee of what will be available. He continued to decline to say what type of business planned to move in. He has said it would not be a bakery
Apaestegui, a native of Peru, and Scott Bailey bought the bakery from Julius Batu, Apaestegui's father-in-law, and Wendel Lautenbach in the early 1990s. Batu and Lautenbach bought it in 1977. The bakery was begun by members of the Pallotta family.
The reaction on social media last week with people lamenting the closing of the business surprised Apaestegui. He said hewished that as many people had consistently supported the bakery as were fretting about its demise.
He's struggled to find bakers, while also fighting declining sales.