Bakery will be firm’s second shop closure

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The owners of a Long Melford bakery, which has been running for more than 30 years, have confirmed it is set to close.

The Patisserie in Hall Street, part of the family-run H Byham & Son, will shut at the end of the month.

It will be the second of the company’s stores to close in a matter of weeks, after it revealed, earlier this year, that its Dairy Stores Spar shop in Broom Street, Great Cornard, will cease trading on May 18.

The business still operates a milk delivery service, from its Ballingdon Street base, in Sudbury and the surrounding area.

Henry Byham, company director, said: “We are reacting to the trading conditions in front of us and we are operating in a very competitive area.

“We have made this decision as we feel it is time to step in a different direction.”

The bakery, which has been in the family for 33 years, is expected to open for the last time on May 31. It is not known how many people will lose their jobs.

Peter Turner, chairman of Long Melford Parish Council, said he would be sad to see the business leave the high street.

“There had been rumours in the village and perhaps it does not come as a great surprise, but it is very sad to see a lively, independent business going,” he said.

“It is an institution in the village and it means we lose some competition.”

Mr Turner said he would like to thank the family and staff at the shop for the years they had been involved in the community.

Doubt remains over the future of the post office service at Byham’s convenience shop in Great Cornard.

Mr Byham, whose great-grandfather started the family business in 1913, said it would continue to operate at the store until a takeover was completed or an alternative site found.

“The post office will remain open until it can be rehoused,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the Post Office said it had no intention of moving the service out of the village.

“We will look to find a suitable alternative operator and this could be on the existing site or a relocation,” she said.