Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Zaro’s Family Bakery and the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation announced that the company will open a new retail location in Parkchester on Metropolitan Oval this coming fall.
Zaro’s closed their original Parkchester location on Hugh Grant Circle, which had originally opened in June 1959, at the end of 2015. In addition to returning to Parkchester, the company announced that it would open a retail location at their current Port Morris commercial baking facility in spring 2018.
“Zaro’s has been a great neighbor to the Bronx ever since they first founded their business in our borough in 1927. Their return to Parkchester, as well as their expansion in Port Morris, shows that their commitment to the Bronx has not wavered,” said Diaz.
“The day our Parkchester store closed in December of 2016 was a sad day for the Zaro family. 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,” said Stuart Zaro, co-president of Zaro’s Family Bakery.
“I am thrilled to welcome Zaro’s back to Parkchester. They are bringing back not only fresh pastries and bagels to our community, but also additional job opportunities for our residents,” said Marlene Cintron, president of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation. “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 first opened in the Bronx on Edward L. Grant Highway in 1927, and has maintained a constant retail and commercial presence in the borough for 90 years. The company’s Port Morris facility opened in 1982, following previous commercial facilities in Hunts Point and on Kingsbridge Road. The company currently employs more than 125 individuals in the borough, and the two retail expansions are expected to generate an additional 40 jobs.