5 Locations with Martin's Products - (1.9 Miles)
5 Locations with Martin's Products - (1.9 Miles)

Heritage

  • Cloverleaf Roll Recipe was learned
    1930s-1940s
  • Lois' family moved to Chambersburg
    1942
  • Garage Bakery & Farmer’s Markets
    1955
  • Opening of Lincoln Way Bakery
    1962
  • Martin’s Family Restaurant
    1968-1986
  • Route Sales
    1968-1973
  • Chambersburg Bakery
    1978
  • New York City Market
    1980s
  • Restaurant Closed
    1987
  • 1994
  • Florida Market
    1999
  • Whole Wheat Potato Bread/Rolls
    2003-2004
  • Valdosta Bakery Opened
    2007
  • Social Media
    2010
  • Market Expansion
    2011
  • Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Potato Bread
    2013
  • New Orleans Market
    2014
  • Buffalo/Rochester Market
    2016
  • MFPS Transport, Inc. is Established
    2016
  • Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread
    2017
Cloverleaf Roll Recipe was learned
Cloverleaf Roll Recipe was learned

Lois’s mother, Ruth Wenger worked as a cleaning lady in a wealthy household in Shippensburg, PA where the recipe for cloverleaf rolls was given to her from a friend on the cooking staff. This recipe for these cloverleaf rolls, which are three balls of dough placed into a muffin pan, was the foundation of the potato rolls recipe we use today.

Lois' family moved to Chambersburg
Lois' family moved to Chambersburg

When the family moved to Chambersburg in 1942, Lois’s father borrowed money and purchased Ruttler’s bakery, renaming it Wenger Bakery. Lloyd grew up with both a farming background and a sales background having worked as a salesman at ELM. Lois and Lloyd met and married and Lloyd began working for his father-in-law at The Wenger Bakery.

Garage Bakery & Farmer’s Markets
Garage Bakery & Farmer’s Markets

Lloyd and Lois began baking a full line of bakery items out of their one car garage. Every weekend they sold their products at farmer’s markets throughout the Carlisle, York, and Harrisburg areas. They removed the rear seat of their 1954 Dodge Coronet in order to transport all of Martin’s baked goods to the farmer’s markets.

Opening of Lincoln Way Bakery
Opening of Lincoln Way Bakery

Lloyd and his son, James (Jim) Martin began selling their potato rolls to local grocery stores. It was not long before the garage bakery could no longer satisfy customers’ demands.  Lloyd and Lois purchased a house on Lincoln Way and converted it into a bakery which opened in 1966. In the front of the store they ran a small snack counter which later would become Martin’s Family Restaurant.

Martin’s Family Restaurant
Martin’s Family Restaurant

The bakery was run in the back while the restaurant was run in the front. During this time, Martin’s Family Restaurant served over 130 items including donuts, sticky buns, cookies, cakes and countless other foods and pastries, which is where the official name, Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc, originates. In addition, they served traditional diner fare.

Route Sales
Route Sales

After the opening of the restaurant, increased competition in the restaurant business led Jim Martin to take the product to supermarkets focusing more on Martin’s bread and rolls.  He began expanding to major chains all across Pennsylvania such as A&P, Weis, and Giant. Eventually, the Martin’s refocused, cut down their number of products and began the process of adding additional supermarkets using route salesmen from 1968 to 1973.

Chambersburg Bakery
Chambersburg Bakery

Soon the restaurant could no longer meet the demand for Martin’s Potato Rolls.  Jim purchased land off of Garber Road to build a bakery facility.  In 1978, the bakery was moved to its current location on Potato Roll Lane.  When this facility was initially built it was about a fifth of its current size. This site is now also home to Martin’s Corporate Headquarters, a Vehicle Maintenance and Auto Body Garage, and The Golden Roll: Martin’s Visitor Center.

New York City Market
New York City Market

Martin’s began to sell products in New York City.

Restaurant Closed
Restaurant Closed

Due to increased competition and after an unsuccessful attempt at splitting Martin’s Family Restaurant into a BBQ joint, the restaurant closed in 1987.

Potato Bread and Valley Pride Bakery Acquisition

Martin’s introduced potato bread to the market and purchased another plant in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, for mass production of the potato bread. This bread facility has since closed, and potato bread is now produced at the Chambersburg bakery.

Florida Market
Florida Market

Martin’s began distribution in the Florida market.

Whole Wheat Potato Bread/Rolls
Whole Wheat Potato Bread/Rolls

Martin’s introduced Whole Wheat Potato Bread and then added a Whole Wheat Potato Rolls product in 2004. These products, made with 100% stone ground whole wheat, have received a variety of accolades and recognition from the food community for their healthy attributes and great taste.

Valdosta Bakery Opened
Valdosta Bakery Opened

In 2007, Martin’s opened up a second production facility in Valdosta, GA in order to meet the demand for Martin’s products.   Martin’s products are now distributed in 15 states from Maine to Florida using a team of route salespeople, independent wholesalers, and distributors.

Social Media
Social Media

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe began connecting with raving fans through social media. You can now find us on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Market Expansion
Market Expansion

In 2011, Martin’s began distributing bread and rolls in the Chicago Market. Also in 2011, our products started to be used internationally through a few restaurant chains

In 2012, Martin’s began making appearances at various food festivals such as the NYC and South Beach Wine and Food Festivals.

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Potato Bread
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Potato Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Potato Bread began to be distributed throughout most markets in our regional distribution area.

New Orleans Market
New Orleans Market

Martin’s expanded fresh product distribution to New Orleans.

Buffalo/Rochester Market
Buffalo/Rochester Market

Martin’s began distribution in the Buffalo/Rochester region.

MFPS Transport, Inc. is Established
MFPS Transport, Inc. is Established

MFPS Transport, Inc., was established as a formal and separate transportation company fully owned by Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc.

Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread
Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread

Martin’s introduced Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread to better satisfy customers looking for the staple of a “white bread” but with high quality and better taste.

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