A family bakery business in Sudbury is in new hands this week – with a search on to find new premises.
Edward Crew – known as Carl – says he has taken over Weston’s Bakery in the Borehamgate precinct and Weston’s Cafe on the Stour Valley Business Centre in Brundon Lane, both from Pat and Chris Weston.
The bakery shop was closed recently for a few days after Chris Weston was taken ill.
Mr Crew, who lives in Hedingham and owns convenience and newsagent stores in Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, confirmed he has bought the business due to Mrs Weston’s ill health.
He said: “Chris was rushed into hospital and, after a discussion with the doctors, they decided to close the business.
“They are away now on a well-deserved break over the next week; she is recovering well and it is expected she will make a full recovery.”
Mr Crew said he had taken on new staff and now had nine people working across the business, with former employees fully paid up.
He said he was looking to open a new bakery shop in North Street, with plans to expand the range, including selling French bread.
This is because he says he is unable to renew the lease on the bakery shop in Borehamgate.
“We have to be out by the end of the month, and I am desperately looking at premises in North Street,” he said. “We will be expanding the bakery in future, offering a bigger range.”
According to the Weston’s website, the bakery business employed all of their family.
Pat had been in the bakery trade for more than 40 years, opening his first shop in 1973 in East London for the sum of £27.
Pat’s three sons became master bakers, and the couple’s two daughters, Jo and Liz, worked in the business, too.
According to the website, the couple said that when it was “finally time for Pat and Chris to retire” their children and grandchildren would be set to take over.