Voortman closes Burlington store, but cookies will remain


Voortman Bakery is closing its Burlington retail store.

But don't worry cookie lovers, you won't be missing out on your baked goods.

The North Service Rd. plant that clearly stands out when you are driving along the QEW, will continue to operate and be available at all regular shopping outlets. The retail aspect was deemed expendable because of health concerns over COVID-19.

In a letter to customers posted on its website, the company said that because of the store's direct proximity to the manufacturing plant, it was necessary to stop selling directly to the public to ensure the safety of the production staff.

"COVID-19 has changed our world, how we live, how we interact with each other and ultimately how we work and do business. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, it is important for businesses to ensure they are focusing on their key strengths," reads the message. "For our team at Voortman, this is baking excellent cookies for you, our beloved customers!"

Voortman originated in Hamilton in 1951 and has been in Burlington since 1956.

Originally operated by brothers William and Harry Voortman, the company has changed hands a few times and most recently purchased by Hostess Brands earlier this year.

Voortman sells 60 different variety of cookies and is considered the biggest seller of creme wafers and sugar-free cookies in North America. All cookies are produced at the Burlington plant.



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