In great news for Gallows Hill residents A&J King Artisan Bakers have announced they will be expanding, taking over and renovating the former and now empty Peters Laundry Bldg at 131-135 Boston St.
From the Salem News:
[The Salem City Council] signed off on a five-year tax increment financing proposal benefiting an expansion for A&J King Artisan Bakers, a local bakery that has run out of a small shop at 48 Central St. since 2006. Owners Andy and Jackie King plan to open a primarily baking-only facility at 131-135 Boston St., previously Peter’s Laundry Co. … The bakery will lease 7,447 square feet of 131 to 135 Boston St. to house its baking operations, along with a small, roughly 600-square-foot retail storefront.
The Gallows Hill neighborhood is sorely lacking in eating amenities (pizza and doughnuts yes, but coffeehouses, bakeries, wine shops, tea houses, and the like, no). As noted by city councilors, the expectation is that the opening of an artisan bakery will ‘dress up’ the neighborhood and invite in more such businesses.
“I’m thrilled that you guys are coming in there,” said Ward 4 City Councilor David Eppley, who lives near the new location. “It’s a sorely needed amenity for that neighborhood, and I know the neighbors will be thrilled this is coming in.” Councilor-at-large Tom Furey said the expansion would be “a catalyst for others” to expand and dress up their properties along Boston Street, which has gradually become a pivotal “entrance corridor” into Salem.