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Beloved N.J. pastry shop closing after almost 100 years

Beloved N.J. pastry shop closing after almost 100 years

A beloved Ocean City business announced that it will be closing its doors after nearly 100 years of serving the Jersey Shore. 

The people of Ocean City and well beyond it have patronized Wards Pastry on Asbury Avenue for 98 years, but the long-time owner is turning off the oven and saying an emotional farewell as he looks towards retirement.

An iconic Jersey Shore bakery has announced it will close this month.

Wards Pastry, which has operated in Ocean City for over 98 years, said in a Facebook post that its last day will be Sept. 18.

The pastry shop at 730 Asbury Ave. first opened in 1924.

“The Hohman family would like to thank everyone for choosing Wards Pastry to be part of their celebrations through all of these years,” the post read.

Owner Walt Hohman cited plans to retire and rising costs of goods as reasons for the closure.

The shop has already been sold and is expected to be converted into a sports apparel shop, according to The Press of Atlantic City.

Wards Pastry serves donuts, pies, cakes, cinnamon buns, cookies, breads and a variety of other baked goods.

One of Wards Pastry’s most notable offerings is its scrapple pie.

This is the second Ocean City food staple to announce plans to close this month.

Just last week, Voltaco’s, an Italian takeout eatery, announced it will shutter on Oct. 9.

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