Pete’s General is leaving St. Petersburg’s historic Uptown neighborhood.
The local bagel shop will close Nov. 6 after nearly three years at 495 7th Ave. N, Pete’s General owner Steven Peterman told the Tampa Bay Times.
It originally opened as a general store with local products in April 2019. When it added bagels to the menu, the bakery took off in popularity and bagels became the store’s mainstay.
Pete’s General eventually outgrew its Uptown kitchen, Peterman said. The bakery couldn’t make any more bagels than the fridge and oven size allowed for.
“If we ever wanted to expand, we couldn’t do it out of that kitchen,” he said.
The plan is to move everything over from the Uptown location to the new Pete’s General which opened in June in the Grand Central District, Peterman said. The newer and larger bakery is in a renovated building and can produce more bagels than the original store.
Peterman said the small staff was spreading itself too thin between the two locations. While it wasn’t the main reason for the closure, he said the ongoing labor shortage did factor into the decision.
“We wanted to offer the best product we can and we feel we can do that from one location,” Peterman said.
In the new bakery, Peterman hopes to continue to grow. A new “grab and go” lunch menu will be added. So will an express cash register to reduce checkout times. Store hours will be extended in a few weeks, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“It’s something we’re really excited about,” Peterman said. “We’re hoping to accommodate the people who see long lines and don’t come in and make it a more seamless experience to make the best bagels we can make.”