Sunrise Bakery to reopen next month
U.S. Bankruptcy Court approves Portland company’s offer
Anchorage, AK – The Sunrise Bakery in Spenard, closed since Hostess Brands, Inc. announced it was going out of business last fall, will soon produce bread again. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York this week approved Franz Bakery’s $30.9 million bid to purchase several Hostess bakeries, including Anchorage’s Sunrise Bakery, as well as others in Seattle, Salt Lake City and Billings, Mont.
“We’re excited to move forward with reopening the Sunrise Bakery and start supplying Alaska with fresh bread products,” said Marc Albers, president of the Portland-based Franz Bakery. “We’re also looking forward to contributing to the Anchorage economy by providing jobs.”
Franz Bakery hopes to open the Sunrise Bakery for business and begin producing bread May 13. The company will hire about 75 people to operate the facility, including former Sunrise employees, and has already started the interview process.
The Sunrise Bakery began operating in Spenard before statehood and, as a tribute to the establishment’s history, Franz will keep the bakery’s name on the building, but will also add the Franz branding. Sunrise provided local grocery stores, restaurants and the Anchorage School District with fresh baked bread products and Franz Bakery hopes to supply those customers again. It also plans to offer discounted products to consumers and will work with local charities such as the Food Bank of Alaska to provide leftover bread as Sunrise once did.
Franz Bakery is a fourth-generation family business and has provided Pacific Northwest communities with high-quality fresh bread, baked goods and pastries since 1906. The company currently has seven bakeries and distributes throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Northern California.
For more information, visit www.franzbakery.com.