Zaro's Bakery Reopening Parkchester Location

By | August 24, 2017
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It was a sad day when Zaro’s closed the doors to their only Bronx retail location—cutting our supply of the iconic Black and White cookie short—unless of course, you were willing to travel to Grand Central to get your fix.

Despite being worth the trip, we can all rejoice because Zaro's is coming home.

It feels off to say Zaro’s Bakery is making a Bronx come back. After all, they've been in the Bronx for 90 years, producing baked goods in their commercial facility in Port Morris—supplying New Yorkers from every borough and all walks of life with their morning bagels and holiday challahs. But after closing their only Bronx retail outlet not quite two years ago, they are slated to reopen in Parkchester just a few doors down from their original storefront to once again supply us with our favorite baked goods and coffee.

Zaro’s closed the doors to their location on Hugh Grant Circle in Parkchester after 56 years, creating a void in the community. “The day our Parkchester store closed in December of 2016 was a sad day for the Zaro family.” Said Stuart Zaro, co-president of Zaro’s Family Bakery. “We felt we were an integral part of the community. There were customers there that day who told me they were there the day it opened in June of 1959 - almost 60 years ago. We are overjoyed to be returning and look forward to opening this fall.”

Ruben Diaz Jr. braids a challah bread during a visit to the Zaro’s Family Bakery
Photo 1: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. braids a challah bread during a visit to the Zaro’s Family Bakery commercial kitchen in Port Morris on August 14, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Bronx Borough Presidents Office
Photo 2: Fresh baked Challah from Zaros Family Bakery Photo from @zarosfamilybakery

In addition to reopening the iconic location, they plan on adding a new retail outlet in Port Morris, adding to their current commercial baking facility on Bruckner Boulevard, which is slated to open in Spring 2018.

“Zaro’s has been a great neighbor to The Bronx ever since they first founded their business in our borough in 1927. Their return to Parkchester, as well as their expansion in Port Morris, shows that their commitment to The Bronx has not wavered one bit during the 90 years they have called our borough home,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “I congratulate Zaro’s on their expansion, and wish them another successful 90 years right here in The Bronx.”

The company currently employs more than 125 people in the Bronx and with the two new retail expansions they are expected to create an additional 40 jobs for Bronxites across the borough.  

Zaro’s return to Parkchester is surely something to celebrate with a black and white cookie, or two.

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