Chico Businesses Dealing with Bread Shortage

Jan 7, 2013 7:19 PM

A temporary closure of a Chico sandwich shop has created a bread shortage for more than a dozen other businesses.
"It hasn't even been long enough for me to evaluate how big of a hit it is going to be," Kona’s Sandwiches owner Chris Yarbrough said.

For the past three days, Chris Yarbrough has been forced to keep the doors of Kona’s Sandwiches in Downtown Chico closed after a support wall under the sidewalk leading to the business collapsed.
He spent much of the day Monday dealing with the city and contractors, while turning customers away.

"Just have to kind of explain that it is a safety issue. It is not a business issue," Yarbrough said.

But it's not just hungry high schoolers and Kona’s eleven employees who are hoping for a quick fix.
Kona's also operates North State Bakery, which provides bread to 17 other businesses in town, including some popular restaurants like Nobby's, the Pour House and Sub Station.

"I'm sourcing it from another location, but people know and love my bread, and it's the North State Bakery bread that they come here for," Sub Station owner Erik Twist said.

Twist says he fully expects to see a drop in business without his signature sandwich rolls and is hoping business will be back to normal soon.
The building owner and city workers spent Monday afternoon discussing a plan of action for the repairs, telling Yarbrough it will be at least two to three days before he can fire up his ovens.

"It is frustrating, but there is nothing I can do to speed up the process. They are working as fast as they can."

The entire sidewalk in front of Kona’s will be blocked off while crews make repairs, which could take two months.
Contractors are planning to build a temporary sidewalk in the parking stalls to give pedestrians access to Kona’s and other businesses in the area.
Meanwhile, the owner of the Sub Station has set up a charitable account at Bank of America to help Kona's with the loss of business.
The account number is #164103802737, and is under the name Erik Twist.


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