The future “Home of Homemade” probably won’t be in Madison County.
Springfield-based Schuler’s Bakery is looking at facilities outside the county to locate a new branch store, president Mike Peters said on Monday.
Schuler’s London store at 289 Lafayette St. closed on June 22, following a lease dispute with property owner Al Coughlin.
At the time, Peters said the company intended to relocate, but said the branch might not be in London.
He confirmed Monday that Schuler’s is looking to relocate elsewhere.
“As of right now, we are looking at facilities in other areas — outside London and Madison County,” Peters said. “We are looking for the best option for the company.”
David Kell of Madison County Future, Inc., the economic development arm of the local chamber of commerce, said in late June he was working with London leaders to keep Schuler’s in the city.
The London store opened in August 2009. At the time, it was considered a prototype for future company growth. Peters said then Schuler’s planned to open one store a year.
All baking is done overnight at the company’s central bakery in Springfield, then trucked to retail outlets throughout that city and Urbana by 5 a.m.
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