Ecklof Bakery on Foote Avenue in Jamestown expects to stop baking large batches of products at some point this coming week before temporarily closing in response to changes in business from the COVID-19 shutdown.
The bakery had seen a “welcome uptick” in bread sales during the first weeks of the crisis as grocery stores struggled to keep loaves on the shelves, but that flood of business has tapered off.
“What we are doing is we are going to work through (Saturday) as if it is normal business,” owner Chad Ecklof said. “Starting on Monday we are going to not be baking large batches of stuff, like bread and things like that, which we have to bake in really large batches. What we are going to try to do is, next week we are going to sell off as much as we can. So basically next week we are going to take it day-by-day, and we will probably know by Wednesday or so when we are going to be shutting down.
“We want to try to get as much sold out of the store as we can so we aren’t just throwing it away. We don’t really anticipate being open for the entire week next week. More or less the customers will determine when we shut down, how quickly they can buy up everything.”
Ecklof also made the announcement Thursday on Facebook, and said that around 30% of his business went away when he was forced to stop in-store dining and the deli counter. The bakery is asking customers to purchase products in stock, as local food pantries are currently only accepting bread products.
Ecklof has received assistance through a federal payroll protection program, which requires that the bakery maintain its staff and current wages during the shutdown. That protection means that employees will not have to worry about filing for unemployment, he said, and can put the bakery in a better financial position than if it stayed open during periods of slow business.
“We threw an application in and got approved. This way we can make sure that our entire staff is paid and it is just easier for us to take the shutdown situation because of expenses,” Ecklof said.
He plans to schedule a reopening at some point in the future.
See Friday’s edition of The Post-Journal for complete coverage.
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