Image courtesy of Zaro's Family Bakery/Ruben Diaz Jr.
Zaro’s Family Bakery in New York announced that it will open a new location in the Parkchester neighborhood of The Bronx this fall. Zaro’s closed its original Parkchester location, which opened in 1959, at the end of 2015.
“The day our Parkchester store closed was a sad day for the Zaro family,” says Stuart Zaro, co-president, Zaro’s. “We felt we were an integral part of the community. There were customers there that day who told me they were there the day it opened in June of 1959 — almost 60 years ago. Needless to say, we are overjoyed to be returning and look forward to opening this fall.”
In addition to the new location, the company plans to expand its commercial baking facility in the Port Morris neighborhood in the spring of 2018. The new expansion will include a retail component for customers to purchase Zaro’s baked goods on-site.
“I am thrilled to welcome Zaro’s back to Parkchester,” says Marlene Cintron, president of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp. “They are bringing back not only fresh pastries and bagels to our community, but also additional job opportunities for our residents. We have reinvigorated The Bronx with multiple developments and investments; investments that include residential and commercial projects throughout The Bronx. The return of Zaro’s to Parkchester and the memories that the aroma of fresh baked goods creates are incalculable to our residents, young and old.”
Zaro’s originally opened in The Bronx on Edward L. Grant Highway in 1927. Since then the company has maintained a presence in the borough for the past 90 years. Its Port Morris facility opened in 1982. Zaro’s currently employs more than 125 people in the borough and expects to create an additional 40 jobs between the new retail location and the expansion of the Port Morris plant.
“Zaro’s has been a great neighbor to The Bronx ever since they first founded their business in our borough,” says Ruben Diaz Jr., president of The Bronx Borough. “Their return to Parkchester, as well as their expansion in Port Morris, shows that their commitment to The Bronx has not wavered one bit during the 90 years they have called our borough home. I congratulate Zaro’s on their expansion, and wish them another successful 90 years right here in The Bronx.”