SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bruegger's Bagels closed its Broadway location on Sunday without warning.
A sign on the door at the 453 Broadway shop reads, "As of April 8, this bakery has closed. We thank you for your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit the nearby bakery: 19 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park."
Stuart Armstrong, a sales associate at Soave Faire, next to the former Bruegger's Bagels, said he was in the bagel shop Saturday and there was no mention of its closure.
"It's common for businesses — not typically restaurants — to close this time of year because leases are up," he said. "It's been a long winter, and for many businesses, it can be tough to get through.
"Though I'm not sure that was the case with [Bruegger's]."
SPM Communications, a public relations firm that represents Bruegger’s, issued this statement: "The decision was based on financial performance and improved positioning for future growth. Bruegger’s Bagels values their employees and will be taking steps to help ease the impact of the closure by finding suitable opportunities for as many managers and team members as possible.
"This includes exploring opportunities at their sister brands: Einstein Bros., Caribou Coffee and Coffee & Bagels."
Armstrong said he hopes a convenient and affordable eatery opens in place of Bruegger's.
"There are lots of good places here already, but someplace to grab food quickly would be nice," he said.
Bruegger's operates more than 220 locations across the country.