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Andersonville sweet spot plans to close after 88 years

The Swedish Bakery will close at the end of the month. | Google Streetview image

After 88 years of serving the Andersonville community baked goods, the Swedish Bakery announced it will be closing its doors at the end of February.

The bakery announced the news in a Facebook post Thursday night and thanked its customers for their support over the years.

Swedish Bakery offers both homemade breads as well as cookies and sweets. | File photo

Swedish Bakery offers both homemade breads as well as cookies and sweets. | File photo

“The Swedish Bakery will be closing on February 28, 2017,” the Stanton family wrote in the post on its Facebook page. “Changing times have dictated an honest evaluation of our business. Based on that review, it is time to call a close and exit the stage. We have enjoyed a good run, but as Chaucer wrote, ‘all good things must come to an end.’”

“Basically it’s time,” Dennis Stanton, operations manager, said Friday. “There’s a multitude of reasons . . . we’ve had a good run here . . . We’re not replacing our established customers when they leave.”

“The millennials shop differently and are looking for a different food experience.”

“It’s been good, but all things must end, and we’d rather do it on our term than someone else’s.”

The Swedish Bakery, 5348 N Clark St., opened its doors in the late 1920s, though the exact date is uncertain. The business sold to several owners before the Stanton family purchased the bakery in 1979 and ran it as a family business for the past 38 years.

The bakery is best known for its traditional Swedish and butter cookies and fruit glazed cakes.

The bakery currently ships its products to across the U.S.

The Swedish Bakery has been around for 88 years; here, Christine Kloppenberg is shown in 1999 with some Swedish butter cookies. | File photo

The Swedish Bakery has been around for 88 years; here, Christine Kloppenberg is shown in 1999 with some Swedish butter cookies. | File photo