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Crestfallen: Iconic Akron bakery to close after 80 years

Posted at 8:21 PM, May 10, 2019

AKRON, Ohio — An iconic Akron bakery is closing its doors after decades of making its popular cakes, cookies and donuts.

Crest Bakery, located in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood, has been in business for 80 years, but the owner has put the building up for sale.

Rafael Apaestegui, the owner of Crest Bakery, said he plans to stay open until the business is sold. He declined to say how long that likely would be, according to an article by News 5 media partners at Akron Beacon Journal.

The closure comes following a struggle to find bakers and declining sales. Apaestegui said he wished as many people consistently supported the bakery as were worried about it closing, the article said.

“If they had continued coming [regularly] ... we wouldn’t be here now,” Apaestegui said.

Longtime customers said they are sad to see Crest Bakery go.

“It’s been a landmark around here for just many many decades and everybody is going to miss it because a lot of people came here,” Spencer Woods said. “Every time I came up recently, it’s been sold out, just like today, I came up and it’s sold out.”

While there is no definitive date set for the closure of Crest Bakery, a sale of the property is expected to close in the “very near future,” Jennifer Fernandez, a vice president at Hoff & Leigh commercial real estate in Fairlawn said, according to the article.

Until then, Crest Bakery is open 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to noon Sunday.