Great Harvest Bread in Eau Claire on February 20, 2018.

Don’t worry. The bread is going to taste the same.

With the same recipes and a majority of the same crew, when Great Harvest Bread Company of Eau Claire switches to its new ownership next Tuesday, the changeover should be seamless.

That’s according to Steve Neumann, who has owned the business at 4324 Southtowne Place off Golf Road with his wife Teri since February of 2000.

The Neumanns announced earlier this year that they would be retiring and selling the bakery, and Monday will see the last of their ownership. 

The torch has been passed to Jill and Lee Fletcher of Eau Claire, whom Neumann said he and his wife think very highly of.

“We think they’re going to do a fantastic job, and I’m looking forward to seeing where they can take the bakery in their time here,” Neumann said.

After 18 years, Neumann is feeling mixed emotions about moving on from his time at Great Harvest. The bakery, he said, has been a labor of love. 

The relationships built with loyal customers and valuable employees are what Neumann said he’ll remember most. 

Jill Fletcher, who comprises one-half of the new ownership, said she and her husband are excited to take over Great Harvest. The two have always wanted to open their own business, so when they became aware in April that the bakery was up for sale, they jumped at the chance.

Great Harvest has been one of the couple’s favorite places in Eau Claire, and Fletcher said they’re not looking to make any major changes upon taking over.

This includes the staff, which Fletcher said she and her husband feel grateful for.

“I think right now we’re just excited to be able to continue the tradition of what Great Harvest brings to the community,” Fletcher said.

Contact: 715-833-9203, erica.jones@ecpc.com