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Au Bon Pain spots at Yankee Candle to close TuesdaySubhead: Hillside Pizza moving into in-store café

  • Au Bon Pain on Thursday in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Staff Photo/Domenic PoliAu Bon Pain in Deerfield.



Staff Writer
Friday, January 04, 2019

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Au Bon Pain is leaving the in-store café of Yankee Candle Village and Hillside Pizza will next week have a fourth spot to call home, according sources familiar with the move.

The casual bakery chain headquartered in Boston has decided to close its location inside the candle-maker’s flagship store as of 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

The larger stand-alone Au Bon Pain that once housed Chandler’s Restaurant will also close Tuesday, an employee said this week. It was unclear Friday what will happen to that space.

Hillside Pizza is a local family-run business started 18 years ago. It’s become known, in part, for employing autistic students and alumni of I.N.S.P.i.R.E. School for Autism in Brattleboro, Vt.

According to Jamie Hargraves, content specialist at Newell Brands, the New Jersey corporation that is Yankee Candle’s parent company, Hillside Pizza Café will be open during normal Yankee Candle Village store hours and will serve a variety of pizza, wraps, salads, soups, coffee and baked goods.

Craig White, co-owner of Hillside Pizza, said this will be an additional spot and the locations in South Deerfield, Bernardston and Hadley will remain open.

In 2017, the stand-alone Au Bon Pain location at Yankee Candle replaced Chandler’s, which Yankee Candle founder Michael Kittredge opened in April 1995 as his business was expanding to become one of the world’s largest candle makers.

The restaurant was to provide a family dining experience featuring New England-style food and later became known for its extensive wine selection.

Panera Bread acquired Au Bon Pain Holding Co. Inc., parent company of Au Bon Pain, in 2017.