Pittsfield: Freihofer outlet store set to shut doors

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PITTSFIELD -- The entity that owns the Freihofer Baking Co. outlet on East Street will be closing the store by the end of this month, a company spokesman said on Monday.

The Pittsfield outlet is being closed by Pennsylvania-based Bimbo Bakeries USA, the country’s largest baking company. The store had been open on East Street since January 2007.

"In order to focus more sharply on our core competencies, the decision was made to close some of our retail stores," spokesman David Margulies said in a statement. "Stores close from time-to-time for various reasons."

No further information was available.

Bimbo Bakeries USA, the American subsidiary of a Mexican company, owns the right to six of the 12 top fresh bread brands in the United States, including Freihofer’s. It also owns Entenmann’s sweet baked goods, Thomas’ English Muffins, and Boboli pizza breads, according to the company’s website.

Originally founded as Grupo Bimbo in Mexico, the company entered the U.S. market in 1997, and began to expand in 2002 when it purchased the Western U.S. baking business of George Weston Ltd.

In 2009, Grupo Bimbo added Freihofer’s, Arnold, Brownberry and Stroehmann from George Weston Ltd. to become the country’s largest baking company. The company also added Sara Lee’s North American Fresh Bakery business in 2011.

BBU currently operates more than 65 bakeries and employs more than 25,000 associates in the United States.

Based in Albany, N.Y., the Friehofer’s Bread Co. was founded in 1884.


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