HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – A Huber Heights business is getting ready to shut its doors for good. Granny C’s Bakery on Old Troy Pike will close on Sunday, August 30 at 2:00 p.m.
2 NEWS’ Jordan Bowen spoke with the owner Tuesday, who says she’s heartbroken to see the business go under. Attracting customers wasn’t the problem. It was keeping up with the rising operating costs.
Granny C’s Bakery owner, Rebecca McDaniel, started the business in order to have something to pass down to her children, but now she’ll have to auction off what’s left.
“I’m heartbroken,” McDaniel said. “That’s all I can say. A lot of my good friends, who’ve worked for me and who are still here are going to be jobless.” Since Granny C’s Bakery first opened in February 2010, the business struggled to turn a profit.
“We’ve never made money,” McDaniel said. “I started six years ago, I knew we wouldn’t make money the first three years. And then it seemed to be getting closer and closer. When I get to the point where I don’t have any more money in my personal fund to switch over into the bakery funds to pay salaries to pay ingredient costs, I can’t go any further.”
Since 2010, the costs of ingredients has dramatically increased for McDaniel. She went from paying $25.00 for 15 dozen eggs to $45.00 for 15 dozen eggs. Also, labor costs are higher for McDaniel compared to most businesses because she refused to pay her 11 employees minimum wage… instead she paid them nearly double.
McDaniel says she’s sad to see the bakery close, but thankful for the opportunities she got to provide people.
“Giving my children jobs was a big highlight,” McDaniel said. “To see the customers come in and know that they loved our product was a big highlight.”