Bye, Five Loaves

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Jonathan Martin, the owner of Five Loaves bakery, announced recently that he is closing his stores. The reason is that he is getting older and wants to spend more time with his family (including 17 grandchildren!), which is absolutely the right thing to do, even if it means there are plenty of customers who are sad about it.

“I am 70 years old and I have 17 grandchildren, who I do not get to spend any time with,” Martin told KRTV.

I’ve enjoyed Five Loaves treats on a few occasions – quite delicious!

There are four Five Loaves locations: the main store is along 2nd Avenue North between 38th Street and 57th Street; a second store (called Five Loaves, Too) is located along Smelter Avenue NE; and there are two “kiosk” type locations on Malmstrom Air Force Base.

The main store, according to a Five Loaves post on Facebook, is going to be remodeled and turned into an American Sign Language “community center,” which seems like a great idea – the Montana School for Deaf & Blind is located just a few hundred yards away.

The Five Loaves, Too location on the west side is up for sale:

Five Loaves, Too is up for sale

The two locations at Malmstrom (one in the clinic, one in HQ building) will likely be put out for bid for a new contractor.

Best wishes to Mr. Martin and his team!

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