Flowers Baking Co. in Opelika Will Permanently Close in December, Impacting 146 Employees

OPELIKA, Ala. – A business and bakery staple in the city of Opelika is shutting down production after nearly 90 years in business.

Flowers Baking Co. of Opelika, located at 101 Simmons St., will permanently close on December 20, 2019 due to production inefficiencies and decreased volume. The announcement was made Monday to the bakery’s 146 employees. The thrift store along 2nd Avenue in Opelika will remain open.

“This was a very difficult decision because we know it affects our team members and because the bakery has been a part of Opelika since the 1930s. However, in the last few years, our volume has reduced significantly and in today’s changing and competitive environment, it’s necessary that the company channel production to more efficient, higher-speed bakeries,” said Michael Lord, general manager of Flowers Baking Co. of Opelika.

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