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Family-owned Fountain City bakery to close after nearly 3 decades

The owners thanked the community for the last nearly three decades of business.
A beloved family-owned bakery in Fountain City will be closing the last week of May, according to a social media post.
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 11:50 AM EDT|Updated: May. 13, 2022 at 9:57 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A beloved family-owned bakery in Fountain City will be closing the last week of May, according to a social media post.

Rita’s Bakery has been operating in North Knoxville since 1993. A spokesperson for the business made the announcement Wednesday that it would officially close its doors on Saturday, May 28.

The owners thanked the community for the last nearly three decades of business but said they would be stepping away to focus on family.

People across the community have loved the establishment, located at 3023 Tazewell Pike, for its thumbprint cookies, cakes, pies, pastries and more. “We’ve brought our daughters here, our granddaughters here and it’s just so sad for the community, but it’s great for them,” said customer Marian Haun.

Sara Diamond Patterson said it’s a bittersweet time for the family-run bakery, “It’s so difficult... everyone is family. We have so many families we’ve known and loved over the years, but it’s time for us to focus on our family,” she said.

As for what’s next? Patterson said hopefully a vacation and some rest.

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