Bakeries back after forced closure

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Satterthwaites bakery Copyright: Satterthwaites

Three Satterthwaites bakeries, which were forced to close last month, will reopen after new owners were found.

Satterthwaites originally ran the three bakeries in Crosby and Bootle for more than a century but due to economic difficulties the company went into administration in October and new owners could not be found in time to keep the stores open.

The owner Roger Wilson stated his sadness at having to close after such a long time serving the local community but was hopeful that a buyer could be found at some point even if it meant closing for a short period first.

He told JMU Journalism after the closure: “I hope someone bids for the pieces of the firm who will be able put together a viable operation and re-employ skilled staff.”

Leigh-based company Waterfields has stepped into to try and revive the historic bakery, though under a different brand name.

Waterfields Bakery already owns and maintain 49 stores across Merseyside and Lancashire.

There was also good news for the employees who had lost their jobs as a result of the closure.

Many will have the chance to get their jobs back under the new ownership. The company will look to employ some of the 70 people who worked for the previous owners.

The company has announced that the stores could be reopened as early as next week.


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