Oakmont Bakery officials break ground at new location along Hulton Road
Construction has started on Oakmont Bakery's larger new digs near Hulton Road and Third Street.
Owner Marc Serrao and his family marked the groundbreaking recently by shoveling ceremonial sand at the site across from Riverview High School.
The family opened the bakery in 1988. Its current location at 531 Allegheny Ave. features a store and building next door where products are made.
The new development will have operations all under one roof, with more parking and seating for customers.
"Thirty years later, with my children and their spouses leading production and the business side of the bakery, I feel confident that we have created a family business that will provide hundreds of jobs and draw business to our town for generations," Serrao said.
The groundbreaking ceremony April 13 was filled with quick speeches from people involved in the project.
"We look forward to seeing it come together this year," project designer Mark Tennant said.
Oakmont councilman Tim Favo lauded the family's work to expand the business.
"It's a vast improvement already and we're looking forward to the end result," Favo said. Several buildings were torn down to make way for the new bakery. With demolition complete, the Serrao family is hoping to have construction complete before Christmas — a little behind earlier scheduling projections because of minor problems getting the needed permits.
"It's been a long haul, but we're finally here," Serrao said. "We're grateful to be a part of this amazing town. We are committed to build a bakery in the Oakmont corridor that will welcome visitors and inspire small business, provide our staff an amazing facility to work in and serve our customers well."
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