Reprieve is good news for popular Holbeach baker

Holbeach Bakery in High Street has been given a two-year extension to its lease.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Holbeach Bakery in High Street has been given a two-year extension to its lease. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A popular Holbeach bakery has a new lease of life 
after it was handed a two-year passport to carry on trading.

Holbeach Bakery and its five staff faced an uncertain future because a lease on its base in High Street was due to expire in the near future.

Holbeach Bakery confirms plans to reopen this month.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Holbeach Bakery confirms plans to reopen this month. Photo by Tim Wilson.

But bakery owner Evelyn Gilbertson agreed a two-year extension to the lease with the property’s owner Ashley King meaning that even if the building was eventually sold, bakers and shop staff at the business could carry on working until at least August 2017.

Mrs Gilbertson said: “We were due to close on August 15 because the lease was up and we didn’t know if we going to get another one.

“But Mr King allowed us to think about it, opening on a month-by-month basis in the meantime, until I had the opportunity of selling all the equipment.

“However, Mr King has kindly given us the security of a new lease for at least two years because he realised that Holbeach Bakery would be missed.”

The bakery first opened in November 2010 by Leicestershire market trader Rob Wade before it was taken over by Mrs Gilbertson a year later.

Its range of bread, cakes, pasties, pastries, sausage rolls and cakes have proved popular with Holbeach shoppers, particularly the elderly.

Mrs Gilbertson said: “The staff are very much relieved that we’re no longer in limbo and the customers were over the moon when we re-opened on Friday.

“Customers came in to congratulate us and say that Holbeach wouldn’t be a proper town without the bakery, so we want to say a big thank you to everybody who has supported us.

Mr King said: “Following a conversation with Holbeach Bakery on Monday, the staff are more than content to continue trading from the same premises in High Street.

“They are important to High Street, an asset to our town and long may that continue.”