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February 25, 2016 9:21 AM

Elizabeth D'Dlugos sits among the equipment and leftover inventory from her bakery, Albert's European Pastry Shop, after permanently closing the doors earlier this month — one of a handful of businesses to recently do the same.

It’s a sad day when a business has to shut its doors, but that’s a terrible decision more and more Lloydminster business owners are forced to make during these rough economic times.
At least that was the case for Elizabeth D’Dlugos when she hung a sign on the front door of her bakery that stated: “Unfortunately Albert’s European Pastry Shop is closed due to the economy.”
After pouring everything she had into her 101 3602-51 Ave., business for two years, D’Dlugos said she had to shut down earlier this month because she just couldn’t drum up the business.
“Financially we just couldn’t keep it up anymore,” D’Dlugos said.
“We just put so much money in this business and were never able to take a penny out.”
Albert’s European Pastry Shop — that D’Dlugos described as “very elegant European Style” — employed up to eight people at one point, and specialized in baked goods like cakes, pastries, breads, buns and pretzels.
D’Dlugos said she noticed things getting tougher more than a year ago, only months after opening the doors to her new shop.
Now the dough makers and mixing appliances are up for sale as D’Dlugos tries to salvage what money she can from the operation.
“I tried, I tried, I tried,” a visibly shaken D’Dlugos told the Source.
“We used up all of our credit and we moved money from anywhere and we just can’t possibly go any further,” she said.
“We’re trying to sell everything to try to regain enough money to pay off our debt and see what the future is going to bring, but right now, we’re just standing by and trying to recover some money.”
Albert’s European Pastry Shop isn’t the only place that’s gone out of business recently, said Daniel Hobson, economic development officer with Lloydminster Economic Development (LED), said.
LED often asks local businesses to do exit interviews as a way to keep track of the amount of people losing their jobs and to see why the businesses are closing.
Hobson said they’ve done two exit interviews in February alone and have another one coming up tomorrow.
“Some of it is the obvious, the economy,” he said, referring to the reasons some of the shop owners are shutting down their operations.
“Some of it is built on the economy, the crime pick up as well — some people who were humming and hawing about shutting down, they just felt with the way things are, now is the time.”
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt was the latest victim, and shut its doors earlier this week.
Owner Jason Biagi agreed to talk to the Source after the landlord changed the locks on his store, but failed to return calls.
The Source asked the City of Lloydminster for information about the status of local businesses and licences, but it was not available as of press time Wednesday.

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