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Unhappy New Year: Pitman Bakery closing

Thanks for those amazing doughnuts

Pitman Bakery, a destination for Philadelphia-area doughnut lovers for 44 years, is closing.

The announcement arrived Thursday on the Facebook page of the beloved business, which opened on South Broadway in downtown Pitman, NJ in 1968 -- decades before Philly's Federal Donuts and the ubiquitous Krispy Kreme came on the region's sweets scene.

"On behalf of the entire Pitman Bakery staff and family, we say thank you for 44 blessed and wonderful years," the announcement says. "We have decided to retire."

Posts by the bakery's Facebook fans lament the loss ("a sad day in Pitman") of a downtown mainstay, as well as of signature delights like orange doughnuts -- a list to which I would add pretty much all of the bakery's selections.

But there's hope: A real estate listing on the LandWatch website says that "the donut & bread recipes" are included in the sale.

The asking price for the property is $225,000; for the business, $189,000, according to the Prudential New Jersey website.