HUNTINGTON – Earl Heiner Jr. said some of his saddest days were when he had conversations with his father about raising the price of Heiner’s bread.
“When it came time to have a price increase of $1, (it) was the saddest day I remember dad and I talking about,” Heiner said. “When we first started out, bread was 5 cents. That’s a big change.”
It seems as if the price increase had little to no effect on the business, however, as a sign was unveiled naming the street beside the bakery Heiner’s Way on Wednesday during its 110-year anniversary celebration and cookout at 1300 Adams Ave. in Huntington.
“It’s been a wonderful life for us,” Heiner said. “I’m almost 80 years old, and I’ve worked here since I was 13 or 14 and I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen this building that was originally here increase 18 different times. That was quite a thrill to see that.”
Heiner said he is grateful not only for his grandparents, who started the business in 1905, and his parents for keeping it going upon his grandfather’s retirement, but also his suppliers, customers and employees.
“We have been blessed to have the finest employees in the United States, and I mean that,” Heiner said. “I’ve been around a lot of bakeries and a lot of employees, and we have the best employees and supervision you could ever ask for.”
Mayor Steve Williams said Heiner’s is the type of company that embodies the spirit of Huntington…