Great Harvest Bread Shop's Closing Startles South Pas Residents

The store was open as recently as Sunday, according to residents.

Jason and Alicia Layvas were on their way to on Tuesday morning to grab some coffee and bread before starting their day.

Instead, they were greeted with the sight of upside-down chairs on the tables inside, bread still on the shelves, no one working, and a hand-written sign that thanked the city of South Pasadena "for your support for the last 2 1/2 years."

At the top of the sign was the underlined word "Closed.''

"That sucks, this place was awesome!" Jason Layvas said. "It was packed every morning ... it was part of our morning ritual."

Other residents who passed the shop's windows carried similar reactions, peering into the windows, reading the sign and then walking away slightly confused or shaking their heads. Residents at neighboring businesses also took notice of the sudden shutdown, with one at remarking, "I just got bread there the other day!"

Stuart Hannah, the owner of , the bread shop's next-door neighbor, called owners Chris and Patricia Diaz "a great addition to the community" but said Great Harvest's first few months of operation seemed to be a struggle, and it appeared that "they'd been playing catch-up ever since." Alex Stocks, a volunteer at the yoga studio, also mentioned that Great Harvest had more than its fair share of people in it during the mornings.

The reasons for Great Harvest's abrupt closure are still unclear, and Patch has contacted the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, the Great Harvest Bread Co. corporate office as well as the owners themselves for an update. The store's website is still functional, along with the phone line.

"I guess they didn't make enough dough making bread," said George Romero, sitting across the street at Buster's Coffee.

Patch will update this story with more details when they become available.

philip han August 29, 2012 at 09:41 AM
About a year ago, my wife and I saw a little 'business for sale' sign on the building. Then the sign disappeared a few days later...Maybe the owners wanted out.
Wendy Grace August 29, 2012 at 03:55 PM
So sad. It was really a great place! My friends would enjoy receiving loaves of bread. Wishing them the best of luck. Times are tough.
bellref August 29, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Their cinnamon chip bread made the best breakfast toast ever and was a terrific hostess gift. Anyone I gave a loaf to couldn't stop talking about it. I tried to bring them as many customers as I could. It's so hard for small business owners these days. Sad to see them go.
Richard West August 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Equipment costs, landlords raising the rent every year that obligatory 3% ("we're required by law"). It's a franchise so I'm not sure who's liable or who ultimately made the decision.
Richard West August 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM
It's technically for sale. Anyone know a baker?


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