Third-generation Pollman’s Bake Shop owner Fred Pollman told Lagniappe Tuesday morning he is permanently closing the local chain’s Spring Hill and downtown branches. He said the store located in Midtown, at Broad and Virginia streets, will remain open.
“We’re downsizing,” Pollman said. “It’s too much for us. We have a lot of stuff going on. We’re getting old and we’re going to be looking at retiring soon.”
All Pollman’s locations have been closed since July 21, according to a post on the bake shop’s social media. Pollman said the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) has required the Broad Street location to undergo plumbing renovations. He said concrete work is currently underway at the store and it could be reopened as soon as next week.
MCHD did not immediately provide any information regarding mandated repairs for the store or a current food health score. The only recorded score readily available was for the Old Shell location, which scored a 92 in February.
A sign posted on the front of the Broad Street location said “Working on repairs in the kitchen … trying to open back up ASAP. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
Asked about plans for the lone location and its future, Pollman said he didn’t know.
“I’m going to be retiring soon,” he said. “When I do, I’ll make a public announcement and we’ll be closing permanently.”
Pollman declined to answer how many employees will be lost through the downsizing.
The locally owned family business was established in 1918 by Fredrick J. Pollman, who moved to the area in 1900 from New Orleans. The business has been a legacy institution in the area and is rumored to be Azalea City’s genesis for King Cake and po’boy sandwiches.
Pollman purchased the bakery from his parents in 1989. The store celebrated its 100th year in November 2018 and is now 104 years old
This page is available to our subscribers. Join us right now to get the latest local news from local reporters for local readers.
The best deal is found by clicking here. Click here right now to find out more. Check it out.
Already a member of the Lagniappe family? Sign in by clicking here