DiBartolo Bakery in Collingswood has announced it is closing after 50 years of business in South Jersey. This Saturday April 29th is their last day in business!
The announcement of the closing was posted on Facebook, and can also be seen at their website.
No details on the reason for the closing was given. They do thank their loyal customers for allowing the DiBartolo Bakery to be a part of their customer’s special gatherings and celebrations for more than 50 years.
As I always do… I stopped in at DiBartolo this afternoon and found a busy bakery of customers looking to get their last treats before the closing. I shared some brief words with some of the employees but things were busy so I really wasn’t in a position to press for specifics on the closing.
While the bakery carries the name of a renowned multi-generation family of bakeries, the DiBartolo family does not own the bakery.
Most customers aren’t aware that in June 2020 the bakery was sold to Genesis Hospitality, who own a collection of restaurants and bars, historical Inns and event spaces, bakeries and more.
Things seem to be going well with the partnership as in December 2020 DiBartolo Bakery opened a second location in Haddonfield NJ… only to close it two years later just this past February of 2023.
And now the flagship bakery location in Collingswood is set to close in just two days.
DiBartolo Bakery – A South Jersey Institution
DiBartolo Bakery in Collingswood has long been known to many as their signature home, and a welcome sight for visitors on the popular Haddon Ave shopping district.
They’ve been there so long in fact it’s easy to forget that their Collingswood roots start in 1990… prior to 1990 DiBartolo Bakery was located in Pennsauken!
Well technically it was two locations in Pennsauken, As the 1980s were reaching a close, the bakery had outgrown its original retail space in Pennsauken and had converted an apartment a few doors down into the cake decorating and packaging facility!
Transporting cakes outside in New Jersey’s drastically changing weather was not ideal so needless to say, it was difficult to operate a bakery business like that when in Pennsauken!
The move to Collingswood brought all operations of the bakery under one roof, and also established their location in a prime corner of the “just starting to boom” Haddon Ave revival.
From it’s prime corner in town, the DiBartolo Bakery had a perfect vantage point of the crowds and excitement returning to Collingswood.
According to a Courier-Post article in September of 1990, the bakery started in 1968 when Al Sr and his father Benjamin worked together to start the business. Brother Michael joined as a partner in 72.
Benjamin passed away in 1974 and Al and Michael continued to run the business.
An interesting small aspect of the 1990 article states “there are two teenage sons pitching part time”. The significance of that is, one of the sons, Al Junior is a key part of today’s DiBartolo Bakery.
And this is where the story about the bakery moves into the national spotlight!
In the DiBartolo family the apple absolutely does not fall far from the tree! Al Jr has gone on to become a master cake decorator, and was featured on TV shows like Food Network’s Holiday Wars, and TLC’s Next Great Baker.
His top honor was winning 2016’s Halloween Wars on the Food Network.
“Community is so important. I’m in the business of working with people on their most special events, and I don’t take that for granted. You just want good things, and I was so happy to be part of that.’’Al DiBartolo of DiBartolo Bakery on his Halloween Wars win (from Screenrant.com)
Links and Location
667 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108