Lafayette bakery struggles to compete

Lafayette bakery struggles to compete

There are 10 comments on the WLFI Lafayette story from Sep 24, 2008, titled Lafayette bakery struggles to compete. In it, WLFI Lafayette reports that:

The days of shopping at several stores to prepare dinner have changed. But this transition into supermarket shopping has a Lafayette business concerned about its survival.

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Miss bhs

Chicago, IL

#1 Sep 24, 2008
I will continue to support our local merchants over a chain anytime! I hope that we are a community will give our support to O'Rear's and keep them in business for many years to come.


#2 Sep 24, 2008
The truth be told, many people won't eat the high calories, high-fat foods of any bakery any more.

The other story is, some folks want a really good coffee to go with the tasty pastry, so they head to Panera instead. Or they head to a coffee-first baked-goods second kind of eatery.

And if they're at Panera, they might also buy the other baked goods for later consumption. An all-day off-and-on bake schedule makes that possible, too.

A store like O'Rear's will run out early and be run out all day once the particular item is sold out. If a person learns not to be able to find their fave item when they arrive, they will soon not return.

Such has also been the fate of me and rotisserie chickens at Teal Road Marsh. I stopped shopping there altogether because they were ALWAYS out if them. Just think how much cash they have lost becuase if this!

O'Rear's just needs to be on top of up-to-date trends and merchandising to survive these days.
Miss bhs

Chicago, IL

#3 Sep 25, 2008
I will continue to support this local business. Anytime we have a choic of one of the big chains or our local stores, I would hope the choice would always be the local merchants. We are their lifeblood and they are our friends and neighbors.

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Sep 25, 2008
There is no competition with O'Rears and supermarkets....In fact as supermarkets keep cutting back and cheating on their recipes no one will be going back to them. I just had the worst cake from Walmart...never will I buy a cake from there again.

Greg, do more advertising, you have a good product, people just need to know you are there.

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Sep 25, 2008
Why weren't the hours of the business posted at the end of the article?

I'd love to know when they are open.

Duncan, OK

#6 Sep 25, 2008
The fact that we are now a nation of "old people" (half of the nation is now over 40) and watching what we eat effects this to a degree.

However, if O'Rears had a good coffee shop, like so many of the coffee bars in town these days, it would help their sales. Mary Lou donuts serves coffee and has a regular group that meets there daily.

BTW, there is another bakery/donut shop on 350S.

It would also help if O'Rears had kosher certification. Maybe Rabbi Engel could help with that.

West Lafayette, IN

#7 Sep 25, 2008
I only live a few blocks from O'Rears but have decided I won't go back because they always seem to be out of our favorite donuts early on and the quality seems to have slipped. I had given them the benefit of the doubt the last few visits.

Since: Jul 08


#8 Sep 25, 2008
Put in a coffee shop and they will come!
a mother

Bringhurst, IN

#9 Sep 25, 2008
O"Rears is part of Lafayette History. We used to call O'Butts LOL! When I was growing up there were 2 locations, One being at Jefferson Square, off of Teal road, the other current. They offer the best of Pastries, that no Store of Coffee shop could compair to! When I go in the bakery, they always offer my daughter a free cookie which they did me 48 years ago! We always drank milk no coffee. Coffee is a drug so for all of you health consience folks think of that!

O'Rears is the best, people dont realize that it is still a home town bakery, part of Laf. would be a shame to lose, I crave their BonBons! Go some where else for caffine, let our wonderful bakery stay in business!
no more

United States

#10 Sep 25, 2008
I myself have stopped going to O'rears. I used to always go there. No one compared to them but over the past 4-5 years they are just not the same. I have had orders completely messed up on more than one occasion,cakes that were noticeably uneven,and on one occasion no one opened the place up when we came tp pick up a cake for a wedding reception.We kept giving them our business thinking it would get better but things never did.
So maybe if other people have had that kind of service too that might be the answer to why business is slipping.

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