Cake Boss bakery in Wausau, Wisconsin, announced Wednesday that it is closing by year’s end, citing a lack of customers.
Owner Tim Clements said that since the bakery was born in the mid-2000s, it had grown and expanded to include many locations in the Wisconsin state capital, Madison.
He said that because of the changing demographics of the Wisconsin economy, he needed to find a way to stay open beyond 2017.
Clements is the founder and owner of the bakery and has been involved in the business since its founding in 2006.
Clements said he had received many calls from the business’ customers wanting to return, but that they had been waiting for years for an opening date.
He said he hopes to be open again by the end of the year.
The bakery will be closing with a goodbye party, Clements told the Journal Sentinel.
The last day for customers will be on Saturday, Jan. 31.
Clements, who started the bakery in 2007, said he would like to see his family grow and see the business continue to expand.
“I hope I get to see my wife and kids grow,” he said.
Clement said he will donate the proceeds from the cake sale to a charity in his honor, but did not offer any details about the cause.
The last time the bakery had a cake sale was in December 2017, when it sold more than 5,000 cakes.