Bakers to close after 12 years

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A BAKERY shop that has served Matlock for more than 12 years will close its doors at the weekend.

Hayes will shut on Firs Parade on Saturday evening for the last time, with the move being put down to the state of the current economic climate.

The company bakery has been based on Chesterfield Road, Two Dales, for 100 years and will continue to trade as usual.

But as part of the shop closure, five employees have been made redundant.

Stephen Hayes, who runs the firm with his sister and business partner, Julie, explained about the Firs Parade business: “It’s not been losing trade as such but the footfall on Firs Parade has reduced over the years.

“It was a very difficult decision to close because we have had to put people out of work and that is not what we’re about.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal and respected customers and hope they continue to trade with us, it is appreciated.”

The company still has a shop in Somercotes which will continue to trade, while arrangements have been made for the company’s fresh bread to be sold at Bridge News and Cafe on Crown Square, from Monday.

Mr Hayes added: “We intend to develop our wholesale side of our business in the local area.”

The Tourist Information Centre on Matlock’s Crown Square is also scheduled to close this Sunday at 5pm, although work to clear the premises will begin tomorrow.

The closure is part of a cost-cutting measure by Derbyshire Dales District Council announced at the end of last year, in which both Matlock and Ashbourne’s centres were earmarked to fold.

Bakewell’s is currently under review.

The council claims the closure of Matlock and Ashbourne will help save £110,000.

From April 5, a visitor information point (VIP) will be open at the town’s train station shop to offer advice and services to visitors.

The aim is for the VIP service is to take accommodation bookings, offer advice and provide access to on-line content, literature and other reference material.

Meanwhile, the old tourist information office premises on Crown Square will not be left empty for long with plans for Robert Young Florists Ltd to move in soon.

The family-run company, currently operates out of premises on Bakewell Road, next to the Whitworth Hospital.

Read more about these plans in the Mercury next week.