A 74-year-old family-owned doughnut shop in Detroit has temporarily shut because of a staff shortage combined with soaring ingredient and delivery costs, according to a report.
Dutch Girl Donuts closed on September 1 and doesn't have a reopening date. Hanna Timmer Parrow, the daughter of the owners, told The Detroit Free Press that before the pandemic, the bakery would usually have between 15 and 18 staff on its rota. But that's fallen to 10 or fewer since the pandemic started, she said.
The bakery was open 24 hours a day, six days a week before the pandemic. After the pandemic hit, the store slashed its business hours, partly because of staff shortages and partly to protect staff and customers from COVID-19, Parrow said.
Like other businesses in the US struggling with a labor shortage, Dutch Girl Donuts has boosted wages for remaining staff – and ingredient and delivery costs have also risen, Parrow said.
"We've tried to maintain our prices but everything is going up around us," she said. "We, as a small business, are just trying to do an honest day's work of producing real doughnuts."
Alongside staffing difficulties and rising costs, Parrow told The Free Press that her elderly parents' health problems were another reason Dutch Girl Donuts closed, but that her family hoped to reopen the shop.
"We need to figure out how to hit the reset button and make us more economically sustainable and make the best doughnuts in Detroit," Parrow said. "We are a mom-and-pop doughnut shop and it's difficult to maintain when costs go up."