Sweet news just in time for National Doughtnut Day – Cullman, Alabama’s beloved Duchess Bakery is coming back!
Announced today, the bakery is under contract to be sold. Current bakery owner Larry Bontrager has accepted an offer and is passing on his family’s famous doughnut recipe and bakery to local entrepreneurs Jason and Stephanie Neal and Roger Rich.
Bontrager has agreed to stay on to help train new ownership, management, and employees to ensure the doughnuts and customer service remain top notch. He is thrilled to have found such great partners to pass on his family’s local legacy to saying, “I’m excited about the future of the bakery. I think we have found great partners in the Neal and Rich families. They bring experience in the food and service industry as well as being local and passionate about the community. Good things are to come for Duchess Bakery.”
According to a press release, the bakery is expected to open business operations back up in mid-July. The Neals are ready to get the town’s long-time favorite bakery back up and running.
Jason said, “Duchess has been a mainstay in our city for generations. We are both honored and thrilled to be trusted to continue the legacy Larry and his family started in our community.”
Rich is excited to continue incorporating a family culture in the business, adding, “Our family is excited to team up with the Neal family and serve the community with a great product that for 81 years has been a big part of your friend and family gatherings and brought a smile to the face of many. We all want to continue and grow the legacy that began here in 1939 and see it continue to bring a smile for generations to come.”
To stay up to date on what’s happening in the weeks to come regarding the bakery and future operations, employment opportunities and more by following Duchess Bakery on social media:
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