The Bagel Place Closes, Owner Vows to Open at New Location

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A Rockford business that's been serving up New York style bagels for more than 30 years unexpectedly closes its doors.

Employees started to clear out the food and equipment from The Bagel Place on Tuesday. Customers have gobbled up the fresh made bagels from here since 1980. Owner Jay Sklar says he had to suddenly leave this building near State Street and Fairview but he is on the hunt for a new location.

"It’s very hard leaving here. There’s a lot of history and the customers are used to coming here and we're used to serving them and we've had the pleasure of serving them all of these years. We don’t want Rockford to be without bagels, the good bagels,” says owner Jay Sklar.

Sklar says he does not have a new spot in mind but plans to stay in Rockford since his customers have always been loyal over the last three decades.


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