End of an era as bailiffs go in at independent Colchester bakers

End of an era as bailiffs go in at independent Colchester bakers

End of an era as bailiffs go in at independent Colchester bakers

First published in News

BAILIFFS have cleared out one of Colchester’s last independent bakers.

When Kathleen’s Kitchen, in Long Wyre Street, shut last month, a notice in the window said the oven had broken and the bakery would be open again soon.

Baliffs, working for landlords Roger and Alison Hance, entered the premises yesterday and seized all goods.

Mr and Mrs Hance ran the business for more than 30 years.

They instructed the bailiffs for non-payment of rent for “some months”.

Dedham-based Duport Bakery, which took over two years ago when Mr and Mrs Hance retired, has been warned any attempt to get into the premises could constitute a criminal offence.

Long-standing customers said they were be sad to see the shop go.

For the full report, see Wednesday's Gazette

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8:53am Wed 20 Aug 14

Ozzie says...

I am very sad to hear this lovely bakery has now closed. Another casualty of the 'austerity era' and I fear more will follow. We have seen Jack's go, now this lovely independent enterprise. It is all very sad - Colchester seems to not only have businesses closing but the town is getting a reputation for personal insecurity, too, especially in view of the recent murders and attacks that have taken place. What is happening to my beloved home town? In the news for all the wrong reasons at the moment.
I am very sad to hear this lovely bakery has now closed. Another casualty of the 'austerity era' and I fear more will follow. We have seen Jack's go, now this lovely independent enterprise. It is all very sad - Colchester seems to not only have businesses closing but the town is getting a reputation for personal insecurity, too, especially in view of the recent murders and attacks that have taken place. What is happening to my beloved home town? In the news for all the wrong reasons at the moment. Ozzie
  • Score: 40

9:10am Wed 20 Aug 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

What an absolute shame but not surprised. We regularly bought bread and pastries from Kathleens Kitchen over the years but standards and quality seemed to drop since the business changed hands. That linked to the Greggs nearby can't have helped matters. Feel sorry for the staff.
What an absolute shame but not surprised. We regularly bought bread and pastries from Kathleens Kitchen over the years but standards and quality seemed to drop since the business changed hands. That linked to the Greggs nearby can't have helped matters. Feel sorry for the staff. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 31

9:28am Wed 20 Aug 14

hughie-s says...

The bus station moving was probably the final nail in the coffin.
The bus station moving was probably the final nail in the coffin. hughie-s
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Wed 20 Aug 14

blockpaver says...

The best bread in the town centre, gingerbread men for the children, and a cream bun for mum and dad, all gone now. Another nail in the coffin for the quality of life for those who live in the town.

I was always impressed by the quality, enthusiasm, and cheerfulness of the staff members and wish the all the every best for their futures.

A sad day.
The best bread in the town centre, gingerbread men for the children, and a cream bun for mum and dad, all gone now. Another nail in the coffin for the quality of life for those who live in the town. I was always impressed by the quality, enthusiasm, and cheerfulness of the staff members and wish the all the every best for their futures. A sad day. blockpaver
  • Score: 20

6:47pm Wed 20 Aug 14

tibbytiger says...

Not surprised, I worked for them for a few months and despite me seeing mice in the kitchen on several occasions, they didn't want to know and ignored the problem. The bread was also kept in unsanitary conditions. Also, treating their staff like rubbish did not help them. Clearly they ran the business into the ground. I am glad they are gone as this means the restaurants of Colchester will now have to get their bread elsewhere, which means it is safe to buy sandwiches in Colchester!
Not surprised, I worked for them for a few months and despite me seeing mice in the kitchen on several occasions, they didn't want to know and ignored the problem. The bread was also kept in unsanitary conditions. Also, treating their staff like rubbish did not help them. Clearly they ran the business into the ground. I am glad they are gone as this means the restaurants of Colchester will now have to get their bread elsewhere, which means it is safe to buy sandwiches in Colchester! tibbytiger
  • Score: 3

6:47pm Wed 20 Aug 14

van man says...

Yet another example of how big names are wiping the small, independent retailers off the face of the earth!

Why does our governments, both local and national, do nothing to help these small businesses?
Why do we have only the national chains to choose from?
Why are they allowed to eliminate the competition, so they can then raise their own prices and supply low quality goods, just because they know that you have nowhere else to go?

Colchester Council has killed this town with ludicrously high rates, and all that has done is helped these corporate bullies take away peoples' choices and families' livelihoods.

R.I.P. Colchester
Yet another example of how big names are wiping the small, independent retailers off the face of the earth! Why does our governments, both local and national, do nothing to help these small businesses? Why do we have only the national chains to choose from? Why are they allowed to eliminate the competition, so they can then raise their own prices and supply low quality goods, just because they know that you have nowhere else to go? Colchester Council has killed this town with ludicrously high rates, and all that has done is helped these corporate bullies take away peoples' choices and families' livelihoods. R.I.P. Colchester van man
  • Score: 7

8:47pm Wed 20 Aug 14

kerryhills says...

KARMA
KARMA kerryhills
  • Score: -2

9:02pm Wed 20 Aug 14

liquorice-allsorts says...

Everyone comes out of the woodwork now about how it was the best shop ever, yet they clearly didn't buy their bread for the week in the store, else it would still be around!
Everyone comes out of the woodwork now about how it was the best shop ever, yet they clearly didn't buy their bread for the week in the store, else it would still be around! liquorice-allsorts
  • Score: 13

11:16pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Reginald47 says...

van man wrote:
Yet another example of how big names are wiping the small, independent retailers off the face of the earth! Why does our governments, both local and national, do nothing to help these small businesses? Why do we have only the national chains to choose from? Why are they allowed to eliminate the competition, so they can then raise their own prices and supply low quality goods, just because they know that you have nowhere else to go? Colchester Council has killed this town with ludicrously high rates, and all that has done is helped these corporate bullies take away peoples' choices and families' livelihoods. R.I.P. Colchester
Sorry to disillusion you. but Colchester Council has no control over business rates, the Government sets the rate and Colchester Council has to collect it (free) and send them the money.
[quote][p][bold]van man[/bold] wrote: Yet another example of how big names are wiping the small, independent retailers off the face of the earth! Why does our governments, both local and national, do nothing to help these small businesses? Why do we have only the national chains to choose from? Why are they allowed to eliminate the competition, so they can then raise their own prices and supply low quality goods, just because they know that you have nowhere else to go? Colchester Council has killed this town with ludicrously high rates, and all that has done is helped these corporate bullies take away peoples' choices and families' livelihoods. R.I.P. Colchester[/p][/quote]Sorry to disillusion you. but Colchester Council has no control over business rates, the Government sets the rate and Colchester Council has to collect it (free) and send them the money. Reginald47
  • Score: 8

1:30am Thu 21 Aug 14

Boris says...

Very sad to see KK go to the wall. There are still a couple of good places to buy bread, but one of those is Blackberry bakery in Stanway, and the other is Gunton's, supplied by Blackberry.
Very sad to see KK go to the wall. There are still a couple of good places to buy bread, but one of those is Blackberry bakery in Stanway, and the other is Gunton's, supplied by Blackberry. Boris
  • Score: -2

12:53pm Thu 21 Aug 14

stevedawson says...

I often wondered why the bread quality changed.so the owners retired eh.
I often wondered why the bread quality changed.so the owners retired eh. stevedawson
  • Score: 2

8:22am Fri 22 Aug 14

Navajo wife says...

End of an era...sounds right. I remember as a child on Hythe Hill, opposite St. Leonsrds church. The bakery was Folkards, and every lunchtime there would be many of Paxmans workrrs, One penny for a crispy roll with butter and jam and a penny and a half for a cheese roll. The bakery was later taken over by the Pettit family..still wonderful bread androlls.A part of my childhood tthat's going into my family history book.Is the Scotch Bakery still there. They made the best pasties on earth.Who said progress is good. ...
End of an era...sounds right. I remember as a child on Hythe Hill, opposite St. Leonsrds church. The bakery was Folkards, and every lunchtime there would be many of Paxmans workrrs, One penny for a crispy roll with butter and jam and a penny and a half for a cheese roll. The bakery was later taken over by the Pettit family..still wonderful bread androlls.A part of my childhood tthat's going into my family history book.Is the Scotch Bakery still there. They made the best pasties on earth.Who said progress is good. ... Navajo wife
  • Score: 2

6:16pm Fri 22 Aug 14

colpak says...

liquorice-allsorts wrote:
Everyone comes out of the woodwork now about how it was the best shop ever, yet they clearly didn't buy their bread for the week in the store, else it would still be around!
Youre quite right there. I would do but its not possible to come into town just to buy bread. I come into Colchester once a month as its too much hassle to come in more. I only live in Stanway by the way but I have all I need over here. Still sad to see it close.
[quote][p][bold]liquorice-allsorts[/bold] wrote: Everyone comes out of the woodwork now about how it was the best shop ever, yet they clearly didn't buy their bread for the week in the store, else it would still be around![/p][/quote]Youre quite right there. I would do but its not possible to come into town just to buy bread. I come into Colchester once a month as its too much hassle to come in more. I only live in Stanway by the way but I have all I need over here. Still sad to see it close. colpak
  • Score: 0

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