WALLINGFORD — The owners of a Mexican bakery chain in Bridgeport and New Haven plan to open a location in town this fall.
Co-owner Hillary Martinez said they’re aiming to open next month at 11 S. Colony Rd., in the plaza that also houses Stella’s Pizza and Rivas Taqueria and Meat Market.
“We felt like that would be a good opportunity for people already there,” Martinez said, referring to the Mexican market and taqueria in particular. “We’re very excited to see how it goes there.”
New plaza owner Carl Davis agreed. The storefront was previously home to a dry cleaners.
“It’s a good fit with the market next door,” he said.
Azteca Bakery will serve traditional Mexican sweet breads, pastries, tres leches cakes, flans, ice cream, coffee, smoothies and more.
“A little bit of everything,” Martinez said.
Since leasing the space last month, the owners have been renovating, including a kitchen and new furnishings.
Martinez said they’re trying to have the new location ready for the fall and winter, when business usually picks up, especially sales of sweet breads, hot chocolate and coffee.
Martinez and her family own three other bakeries, one in Bridgeport and two in New Haven. She said they’re always looking to expand and feel they found a good location in Wallingford.
Ric Tabor, realtor with Berkshire Hathaway, said restaurants were interested in the storefront but felt there was a lack of parking. The bakery won’t have seating and customers will be in and out, he said.
The bakery will occupy half of the former dry cleaning space. Tabor said it was a team effort to split the space in half, with the installation of a wall and separate electrical, heating and air units.
The other half is still available “if the right business (comes) along,” Tabor said.
The bakery needs approval from the health department before it can open.