Ever since Emily’s Bakery and Deli announced its closing last week, costumers have flooded the business to say their goodbyes and purchase their favorite goods before it closes its doors later this month.
Locals and out-of-towners have lined up behind the counter as breads, donuts and cookies fly off the shelves of the bakery and deli these past few days.
In a Facebook post on Nov. 2, co-owners and siblings Norine Bishop and Steve Fox announced that Emily’s last day open will be Saturday, Nov. 27.
“Our family has been a part of the Hastings business community for over 73 years,” the post said. “We are so, so thankful and blessed to have been a part of this community.”
Named after the owners’ grandmother, Emily’s has been in their family for multiple generations.
The bakery has been in Hastings for more than 100 years, and it's been in the family for around 73 years.
Bishop and Fox's great uncle was first in the family to own the business, followed by their grandparents, uncle and parents, until Bishop and Fox took over Emily’s in 1988.
Bishop said Emily’s has been short on bakers for years now and the difficulty in finding qualified employees is the reason for the closing.
“We know that many of you will be sad or upset or even mad about this,” the Facebook post said. “Please know that we are very sad also.”
Due to the influx of support from the community wanting to eat at Emily’s before it closes, the bakery has had to adjust its store hours.
For its final two weeks, Emily’s will be open on Tuesdays from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.