The long-standing Richmond Bakery has closed its doors.
Owner Johannes "Joe" Kunert tells CFRA the decision to close down Friday night was a heartbreaking one.
He says several factors all played a role in recent years, including rising energy costs and property taxes on the 5800 square-foot bakery, but ultimately he says there simply weren't enough skilled workers available to keep the bakery profitable.
"That was the tipping point," Kunert said. "Costs can always be covered by increasing volume, that's all you need to do. There's room for 40 [employees], and we had 40 employees before, but I just couldn't find the right staff. I've advertised, I've tried to find people."
Kunert had managed the bakery for decades. "38 years I did that," he said. "38 years I walked in through that door and always felt at home. I don't know many people who go to work 38 years and still enjoy the work part."
But Kunert says he will persevere.
"I'm not afraid of hard work, so I know eventually I'll be okay and who knows, maybe I'll just have a smaller bakery somewhere, and I'll keep doing the trade because it's the trade that I love."