Le Mars Bakery Closing
By Melissa Lanzourakis, KTIV
The doors of the Vander Meer Bakery have been open since 1934. Pete Vander Meer Senior opened the store with visions of a "mom and pop" bakery. His taste for pasteries, donuts, cakes, and breads held true for decades. On Saturday the bakery will close.
Years after the Senior Vander Meer opened the bakery, his son Pete Vander Meer Junior took over. After he retired, the bakery was sold but the new owners kept the Vander Meer name.
Folks all over town come here to pick up birthday and wedding cakes, ginerbread houses, donuts, peanut brittle ... all made right here from scratch for 71 years.
Clint Faust of Le Mars IA said, "It's good food, we always get our donuts here. It's just kind of a family business and we like going here."
Even though the doors will close, people are not only taking pasteries and bread with them but also their childhood memories.
Pat Denney says, "We use to come after school and go through the dumpster and look for small cardboard boxes and we'd bring them down here and trade them for snacks after school."
Memories that will last for years to come.
The Vander Meer bakery will close Saturday afternoon at three.
The store hasn't been bought yet, but many are hoping the new owners will keep the store a bakery with the Vander Meer name.