PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Bagels Too is closing after nearly 30 years.
Owner Susan Gordon said she was unable to secure a new lease and will close in early 2017. Gordon has run the downtown eatery since 1987. But she has been looking to sell the store and retire. She is currently looking for a new downtown location.
"Really, this is an ideal opportunity for someone. Although Bagels Too is identified with this location, it's time for a major menu overhaul and that would be difficult to do in the space we have here." Gordon said.
"A move gives a new owner the chance to build Bagels Too as she or he envisions it. With our solid retail and wholesale customer base, experienced and hardworking staff, getting a new location up and running should go smoothly and I will be here to help in any way I can."
Gordon says if she is unable to find a buyer, she will be auctioning off her equipment and saving her recipes. Seven employees will be losing their jobs, three of whom have worked there for more than 15 years.
"Susan Gordon has been committed for decades to the success of downtown so I know this is difficult for here," said Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Executive Director Kristine Hurley.
"Her business, Bagels Too, is a downtown staple. When she shared the news with me, we immediately began to discuss who might be potential buyers and focused on opportunities that would keep the business in downtown."
Gordon opened Bagels Too with Donna Bills and, from 1977 until 1996, she also owned Your Kitchen, a housewares store also on North Street. In 1993, Gordon was named the Downtown Person of the Year by Downtown Pittsfield Inc.
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