RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – A Richmond bakery is saying thank you and goodbye to the community after serving up baked goods and sweet treats for more than 60 years.
Tom Hsu runs Broadmoor bakery and immigrated to Canada ten years ago from Taiwan.
He took over the Dutch-style bakery five years ago.
His family is the third to own Broadmoor and while he doesn’t have Dutch roots all of the original recipes are still being made.
“The same recipes, items, menu, we don’t have much new items,” he says.
Hsu says over the years the landscape of Richmond has changed and admits that has affected his sales.
But the impacts of the pandemic have been devastating, and the bakery is just not able to recover.
“Richmond has changed a lot, and the last straw was the coronavirus, we have a shortage of manpower and everything, costs are rising, wages and most of our customers have moved out of Richmond.”
On Wednesday customers were lining up to scoop up their favorite snacks before the bakery officially closes on Saturday, June 27th.
For locals, the cookies, bars, and breads bring up many good memories.
One person explains the cookies were a staple in her daily life saying “the happy face cookies have been in my lunch since elementary school. It’s a big part of our family,” while another customer said items from the bakery were a must-have. “I used to come here every now and then I got busy, but I saw it was closing so I just had to come back.”
The ending is bittersweet for Hsu who says he will likely consider opening up something else in the future.
“The closing doesn’t mean forever. We’ll see if we do another style because things are changing so we might find a new way to service the community.”