Tandem Bagel plans Hadley location

  • Brian Greenwood, a co-owner of Tandem Bagel Co., at the company’s Easthampton location. STAFF FILE PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

Staff Writer
Published: 8/22/2019 10:05:24 AM
Modified: 8/22/2019 10:05:13 AM

HADLEY — Tandem Bagel Co., which has cafes in both Easthampton and Northampton, is planning to open a third location on Route 9  in Hadley by the end of the year.

Co-owner Chris Zawacki said Wednesday that the latest Tandem will be located in a building at 191 Russell St. that housed a Sears store for more than a decade before closing earlier this year.

“We are looking to open a third Tandem Bagel in the front of the space, along with a bakery in the rear of the building,” Zawacki said.

Tandem opened its first shop in 2013 in a former train depot at 9 Railroad St. in Easthampton and added a second location in a portion of the Northampton Athletic Club at 306 King St. in 2014.

Zawacki told the Hadley Planning Board Tuesday that baking currently is done at the Easthampton site and another location in Amherst. The Hadley building will allow consolidation of that baking.

Before the Planning Board can approve the project, Tandem has to show there is sufficient parking to accommodate customer seating, both inside the building and on an outdoor patio. In addition, planners want to make sure that traffic at the business plaza, which also includes the Brigade design firm and Greggory’s Pastry Shop, is not compromised by a pick-up window for customers getting orders they have placed in advance.

Planning Board member Joseph Zgrodnik said the concern about having enough parking stems from the popularity of Esselon, whose customers sometimes resort to parking along West Street next to the Hadley Town Common. The board will resume its review of the project in early September. 

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.

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