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Crowds Flood Gus and Paul’s Before Wednesday Closing

GUS & PAULSSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It’s the end of an era for an iconic Springfield bakery and deli.

Tuesday was the last day for Gus and Paul’s on Sumner Avenue and the news of the closing is bittersweet for many.

Hundreds of people turned out to Gus and Paul’s to get their last fix on Tuesday.

“I love their hard rolls, their desserts, and bagels, and bread, and cookies,” said Todd Marshall, who comes all the way from Rotterdam, New York to enjoy Gus and Paul’s.

“I usually get rolls, sometimes bagels, sometimes turnovers, a little bit of everything,” regular customer Dick Hidemenos told us.

“They have really good food,” said Christina, who was at the store with her mother and younger cousin to get a cake for her grandfather’s birthday.

By mid-afternoon, a lot pastries, deli items, and baked goods had been sold out, since lines had been out the door all day.

“It’s been fun and sort of melancholy seeing a lot of old friends, long time customers, a lot of people I haven’t seen in a long time,” said Gordie Weissman, owner of the shop.

It comes nearly a year after the store temporarily closed due to a non-payment of over $50,000 in taxes.

The closing announcement for Wednesday was posted on Facebook Monday night.

The owner says he made the decision about six weeks ago, but has been thinking about it for months.

“I have some negotiations in the works, if they’d come together preceding this, I would have just stayed open and remodeled as I was open,” explained Weissman.

Weissman says he does hope to reopen, but just isn’t sure what that means yet.

“I certainly haven’t baked my last bagel, or made my last cake, or you know, made my last pastries. Whether I am going to do that here or in another community, I am not sure,” Weissman said.

If the store does reopen it will be sometimes after Valentine’s Day.

The store will be open until 8:00PM Tuesday.

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