5 Generation Bakers, a family-owned and operated specialty bread bakery located at 1100 Chartiers Ave, is holding its Grand Opening Celebration at its new 20,000+ sq. ft. Bakery Production Facility, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Over the last six months, plans evolved to incorporate a local community market, introduced as 5GB’s Fresh Foods. Click here for more details about the ribbon cutting event.

The six-month construction and expansion project will allow the bakery to produce more than three times the product volume over its previous operation. “What remains important to our family is that while we grow and serve an expanded footprint of retailers, we remain rooted in our local community,” said Scott Baker, Founder/President, 5 Generation Bakers.

5 Generation Bakers strategic plans include additional distribution channels within its Northeast Regional footprint; currently Jenny Lee Cinnamon Swirl Breads are sold at nearly 5,000 retail locations. Increased production space, construction of a new 2,000 square-foot freezer, new equipment, and additional talent acquisitions, will all lead to the greater daily efficiencies, growth and operations of the business.

Prior to developing partnerships for its 5GB’s Fresh Foods, Baker talked with neighbors and active community organizations, including Just Harvest, about the impact he could make with positive changes.

“Making fresh, nutritious foods accessible to neighbors was a goal of ours,” added Baker.

“5 Generation Bakers and its new community market represents the epitome of what the Fresh Corners project under the umbrella of Just Harvest aims to create,” said Joshua Berman, Project Coordinator, Just Harvest. “Fresh Corners brings fresh produce closer to people who don’t have quick access to a grocery store. We are very excited that 5GB’s Fresh Foods is joining other independent stores.” Other local fresh food store concepts participating are located in Penn Hills, Larimer, Clairton, Braddock and McKeesport.

In-season fruits and vegetables, quick grab items, and healthy snacks is what customers will find at the market. Various ready-made market items will be prepared by Community Kitchen, a mission based, nonprofit food service company; fresh coffee provided by Fortunes Coffee; additional grab and go products from Colteryahn Dairy, and Sunfresh Food Service.

5GB’s Fresh Foods will initially operate Monday – Friday, 7 AM – 7 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 8 AM – 4 PM.

5 Generation Bakers has worked closely with MRCDC over the last year. The project has received economic development support from the PA Department of Economic Development, and SBA financing through Huntington Bank.

About 5 Generation Bakers

A desire to keep the baking tradition alive, 5 Generation Bakers was founded in June 2009. The Baker family history dates back to 1875, when Michael A. Baker Bakery first opened, continuing with Jenny Lee Bakery opening in 1938 and with 5 Generation Bakers operating today. After 140 years and five generations, the Baker family-owned and operated bakery legacy continues. Today, 5 Generation Bakers services the local market and sells through distribution channels to 20 states in the Northeast Region. For more information about 5 Generation Bakers, visit http://www.5generationbakers.com

Just Harvest, in Allegheny County, educates, empowers and mobilizes people to eliminate hunger, poverty, and economic injustice in our communities by influencing public policy, engaging in advocacy, and connecting people to public benefits. For more information about the mission of Just Harvest, visit http://www.justharvest.org.