This legendary Hawaiian bakery closes after 170 years
If you have lived or traveled Hawaii in the last century, you have probably enjoyed the delicious local products of Love bakery. The legendary Hawaiian establishment has been a beacon among food offerings on the island of Oahu as well as grocery stores across the state. But even its ubiquity in Aloha State could not save the business from the impact of COVID-19, which led to the decision to shut down the business for good.
The 170-year-old bakery announced this month that it will cease operations after March 31 due to declining demand and a difficult year for restaurants and retail. According to Fox news, Love’s used to supply supermarkets, schools, restaurants, hotels, hospitals and military bases with fresh bread, as well as selling bread, bagels, English muffins, burgers, loaves of bread hot dog and donuts on site.
Unfortunately, the company said it was in arrears with its payments and could not qualify for the second round of PPP loans, according to its Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) letter and Hawaii’s Dislocated Workers Act. Note.
“COVID-19 has also impacted many of our mainland suppliers, causing delays in ingredients and spare parts for our aging bakery equipment,” the note said. “With declining revenues and increasing expenses to run a bakery, we made the difficult decision to go out of business as a failing business.”
Love’s will have to lay off more than 230 employees, which is another huge loss for the local community. Residents and visitors mourned the news of the online shutdown.