Streit’s Matzo confirms Production is Moving to Rockland County
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For the first time in ninety years, Streit’s Matzo will solely produce unleavened bread outside the confines of the Lower East Side.
Last week, we first broke word that Streit’s Matzo would be relocating its factory to Tarrytown. Well, we were close. Now comes confirmation that it’s actually Orangetown, just across the Hudson River in Rockland County.
Current fifth-generation co-owner Aaron Gross recently provided a bit more detail on the move, saying the facility will be located on the stretch of Route 303 near Kings Highway. They’re reportedly in contract on a new property, but are keeping mum about the skinny.
According to a report filed in LoHud:
Rockland County Executive Ed Day, without giving details, confirmed that the county had been in talks for months with the matzo makers.
“All parties are working together to find a suitable location and to pursue incentives for a commercial bakery in Rockland,” Day said in a statement.
The new Streit’s Matzo will allow it to better compete with the likes of rival Manischewitz. Rivington Street had limitations that handicapped production, such as lack of loading docks and parking for delivery trucks. Also, the fact that the four contiguous tenements are now immersed in an increasingly gentrified residential area that made developers salivate.
Cogswell Realty, a midtown-based real estate firm, purchased the matzo factory for $30.5 million earlier this year. The contract was signed April 30, and now developers are busy trying to acquire air rights from the neighboring buildings (i.e. Suffolk Homes).