Bruegger's Bagels

Bruegger’s Bagels, 6150 Mineral Point Rd., in the Homestead Shoppes is scheduled to close Sunday at noon, according to employees, who were notified last week of the closing.

The last Bruegger’s Bagel shop in Madison is closing.

The move comes just over three months after Caribou Coffee Co. announced it would purchase the bagel chain.

Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee and Bruegger’s experimented several years ago with a handful of co-branded stores. But in the Madison market, Caribou over the last year has co-branded with Einstein Bros. Bagels.

The Bruegger’s at 6150 Mineral Point Road in the Homestead Shoppes opened in 1996 but is scheduled to close Sunday at noon, according to employees, who were notified last week of the closing.

Caribou has co-branded stores with Einstein at 652 State St. and 2701 University Ave. An Einstein store at 3904 E. Washington Ave. is scheduled to be converted to a Caribou Coffee “soon,” according to its website.

Caribou also has a shop inside the Hy-Vee grocery store at 3801 E. Washington Ave.

Bruegger’s, founded in 1983, operated 269 locations at the end of 2016, according to Nations Restaurant News, down from 284 locations two years earlier.

Sales in 2016 were $197.2 million, falling 3.6 percent, from $204.5 million two years earlier.

Caribou’s parent company is JAB Holding Co., which also owns Panera Bread Co.

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Barry Adams covers regional and business news for the Wisconsin State Journal.