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Another TE Business Abruptly Closes Down

Branching out in Paoli ends up not working out for a popular Philly family business.

It's been a tough few years for a lot of small businesses along the Upper Main Line. Now another has shuttered its doors for good.

A handwritten "out of business" sign now hangs on the door at Carangi's Bakery where fans of the Italian bakery used to enter for pizza, pastries and specialty breads.

The Paoli shop which opened in 2009 was a satellite for Carangi's main store in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.

A call to the Philadelphia store in the wee hours of Monday morning confrimed that the flagship location is open and bakers are working in the middle of the night for the morning rush, despite the decision to shut down operations in Paoli.

Main Line Dine posted a short entry about Carangi's last Thursday morning on the Main Line Dine Facebook page saying "it's been a tough month for Carangi bakery - first their Paoli location closed, then they lost their contract to supply bread for DiNics "best sandwich in America" (to Sarcones)."

Patch has not yet gotten independent confirmation of that report and what, if any, part it played in the decision to close the Paoli location. We are following this story and will keep you up to date on new developments.

Carangi's closing means a second store in the small strip of shops at the corner of Lancaster Ave and Longecorse Lane is now vacant. A fireplace and patio store is also up for rent in the storefront next door to Carangi in the same small shopping center. (it's directly across Longecorse Lane from the new Paoli Pharmacy location).

Sharpie October 08, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Sorry to hear that this small bakery had trouble making it - probably had great home baked goods too. It is very difficult, if not impossible, for small businesses to make it when shops are sprawled over enormously large sections of suburbia - one here, one there approach. Small businesses thrust into sprawling strip zoning face many uphill battles. Towns like Paoli, Wayne, Berwyn, etc. etc. all along the Main Line would better attract and keep small businesses if they transformed their most valuable public common areas to be utilized by people rather than by cars. Building town squares and pedestrian-friendly outdoor public spaces would ensure more small business success. Parking could be envisioned on the outskirts or perimeters of towns (or off to the side), not taking up valuable common area in the center of towns w a shuttle (or even better a public local shuttle that operates on a track). Investigate interesting public squares as a possibility, and enliven small businesses anywhere pedestrians can easily walk to them. Some public squares could have rotating vendors, stalls, etc., flea markets that sell locally-produced products, etc. Here's one interesting website to consider. Project for Public Spaces http://www.pps.org/about/
Matt February 19, 2013 at 02:04 AM
I really don't feel too bad about this. Been in there a few times and they weren't the nicest of people. Maybe that had something to do with lack of business. There are other local bakeries that are thriving and the people that work there are top notch. Helps to be nice to your customers or at least fake a good attitude for the sake of your company.

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