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Mrs. Baird's bakery outlet in East Austin set to close

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A staple in East Austin that thousands of families and the less fortunate have turned to for years is shutting its doors.

At the Mrs. Baird's bakery outlet on Tillery Street in East Austin, you can find day old bread that's still fresh, at a discounted price.

"Economic-wise right now, everybody's hurting," said Mrs. Baird's customer Carrie Romero.

The cheaper cost has drawn in Austinites living on a fixed income like Carrie Romero for more than six decades.

"A lot of these families have a lot of children in their family, and this was a way of stretching your dollar," Romero said.

Wednesday, Romero and dozens of other customers learned the landlord and Mrs. Baird's can't come to an agreement on a new lease, forcing the East Austin store that's served thousands to shut down.

"It's like losing part of your family," Mrs. Baird's customer Joe Moten said. "I've enjoyed over the years you know coming in here and the quality of service, the knowledge and the people."

"A lot of us have depended on this store for years. People like my mom and dad. This was part of our life," Danny Perez with the El Concilio Neighborhood Association said.

"The undeserved population comes here a lot and I felt like and so I felt like this would be a good place to spend my dollars to help keep it going," Mrs. Baird's customer Tawnia Richardson-Rafferty said.

In addition to the residents, many of the churches in this neighborhood rely on the donations from Mrs. Baird's to help feed the homeless and the needy. Now they'll have to find somewhere else to get those donations.

Bimbo Bakeries USA, the owner of Mrs. Baird's sent FOX 7 the following statement:

"Our company is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of the world's best fresh baked breads, buns, rolls and cake products. It was told to vacate the store by the landlord. The store will close on August 30, 2013. The company operates another store in Round Rock at 1201 North IH-35."

"The people that need this store are not going to be able to travel to Round Rock," Richardson-Rafferty said.

Residents like Romero fear they will have to pay the extra costs at conventional grocery stores just to feed their families.

"They're all going to be hurt by this," Romero said.

To get rid of merchandise everything is half off. The community is expected to gather at the store at noon Friday to take a photo and have a small ceremony.

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