Bread Alone owner may move bakery to town of Ulster
TOWN OF ULSTER, N.Y. — The Town Board has set a June 7 public hearing on a special use permit being sought for Bread Alone to open a bakery production facility and 80-seat café at 2015 Ulster Ave.
The session is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Town Hall on Town Hall Drive.
“Bread Alone is looking to move into an abandoned building on Ulster Avenue in Lake Katrine,” Town Attorney Jason Kovacs said. “Part of the building will be a warehouse, part of the building will be a retail outlet and restaurant. This will be a nice new use for that building.”
Bread Alone owner Dan Leader during a telephone interview Monday said the move still has some unfinished legal issues before the property sale is completed.
“Our intention is to move our wholesale production from Boiceville to the Lake Katrine building to build a world class state-of-the-art artisan bakery and to build a flagship retail store,” he said.
Leader opened the Boiceville facility in 1983 and uses the 7,000-square-foot facility to provide baked goods for the Bread Alone cafes in Rhinebeck and Woodstock as well as for wholesale distribution. He said the Lake Katrine building would offer 23,000 square feet and is tentatively planned to open in March 2013.
The Lake Katrine building had previously been used by a check-printing company. Information on how long it has been vacant was not immediately available.
“Right now we produce out of the Boiceville bakery 70,000 pounds of artisan bread a week,” he said. “I’ve been taking a series of trips to Europe and we’re going to be modeling this bakery after the most efficient bakeries in the world.”
Leader said the Ulster County Development Corp. has helped the company secure state funding to keep its 45 production workers, eight office and sales staff, and 23 café employees from being moved of the county. He said the employment level is expected to increase, but was not sure how much more staff would be added.
“We won a $600,000 economic development grant from New York state to keep jobs in the Hudson Valley,” he said.
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