To our beloved community:
Thank you for all the love and appreciation you have expressed during this difficult time. Unfortunately the ripple effect of the COVID-19 virus has been swift and severe. At Grand Central Bakery, we''ve been hit with significant financial losses and we have no choice but to pare down our operations.
To stabilize the company and give us the best chance of staying in business, we decided this week to temporarily close three Grand Central Bakery cafes – Woodstock and Sellwood in Portland and Wallingford in Seattle - and to eliminate about 150 positions across the company. Last week we closed our Pioneer Square and N. Fremont locations. To those who have lost their jobs, we are so
Now we need your help.
We are open for take-out business at seven cafes – Beaumont, Cedar Mill, Hawthorne and Multnomah in Portland and Burien, Eastlake and Wedgwood in Seattle – and offering a delicious on-line menu that includes bread, pastry, coffee and sandwiches with easy and safe curbside pick-up. Please support us as you are able to with a call-in or online order, by buying gift cards, or by picking up our bread delivered fresh daily to your local supermarket. Ask your friends and family to do the same.
This is not just about us. Last year our cafes and baking operations directed 89% of our food dollars to local and sustainable farmers and ranchers. We gave more than $35,000 in cash grants to nonprofit partners. We paid for 751 volunteer service hours in our community. And we fed, and provided welcoming places to gather, for so many of you. We hope this time of great uncertainty eventually leads us back to running a strong business with a purpose.
The past two weeks have been wrenching, and yet at every turn, our employees and customers have demonstrated strength,
grace and generosity. We are humbled by the dedication of the Grand Central family and the loyalty of our community. We believe that on the other side of this crisis, there is a bright future. We hope you will be part of that.