Hebron's Lapp's Bakery closes its doors
Kuchen lovers across at least five states may have to find their fix from a different supplier since Lapp's Bakery of Hebron closed Thursday.
Myron and Betty Lapp have run the business for about 14 years and shut down sooner than expected due to expenses, they said.
"I'd sold the building on Dec. 1 and the rent and the charges that it cost me to stay, we couldn't afford it," Myron Lapp said.
The Lapps had planned to sell the business and retire, but may just be retiring.
"It didn't give us a lot of time to try to sell the business, because we had to be out basically in a month," Betty Lapp said.
They said their customers are disappointed.
"We have heard so many 'oh no's,'" Betty Lapp said. "It makes me feel bad, but it's something we have to do."
Lapp's was a full-service bakery that sold kuchen commercially.
"We did a lot of fundraisers with it," Myron Lapp said.
They sold kuchen on a website and it was shipped across the country, he added.
"We've built this up," Betty Lapp said. "There was a lot of history there. It's kind of sad. It's the end of an era, you know, but that's just the way it goes."
Ralph Dockter, vice president of retail operations for Dan's Super Market in Dickinson, Bismarck and Mandan, said Lapp's kuchen is a hot seller.
"It's been around for some time and they have a good reputation, a good name and a good quality product, so it would be missed, certainly," he said. "We will do our best to find some comparable item."
Dockter plans to keep selling Lapp's kuchen as long as possible, but if the Lapps can't find a buyer for the business it won't be on the shelves much longer.
"We weren't able to bake as much as we had gotten orders for, but they'll get whatever we have left," Betty Lapp said of customers.
They would prefer the bakery to stay in Hebron.
"One of the reasons I would like to keep it in this area is because of the help that we had," Betty Lapp said. "That was one of the really sad parts of closing this up."
The Lapps want to sell the recipes along with the business and have had a few phone calls from interested parties. However, there is no concrete plan.
It is unclear what the owners of the building will use it for. They declined to comment.