MANNA FROM THE NORTH

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jon Bas­sett

FRE­MAN­TLE food­ies are set for a bak­ery bo­nanza.

The own­ers of Cottes­loe favourite North Street Store and South Fre­man­tle’s Lit­tle Loaf Bak­ery are start­ing work on their lat­est ven­ture in North Fre­man­tle, a gen­eral store that aims to repli­cate those found in coun­try towns and pro­vin­cial France.

Their even big­ger plans for the area in­volve con­vert­ing a for­mer ice-cream factory in O’Con­nor into a pro­duc­tion hub for their in-de­mand breads and pos­si­bly re­fin­ing their op­er­a­tion fur­ther by grind­ing their own flour.

“We’re go­ing to im­prove the way peo­ple eat bread,” the grow­ing em­pire’s Lach­lan Bis­set said.

THE Fre­man­tle Doc­tor will send smells of fresh bread, pies and cakes to front doors when an award-win­ning bak­ery opens its lat­est ad­di­tion to a grow­ing em­pire in North Fre­man­tle be­fore Christ­mas.

Cottes­loe North Street Store operators Lach­lan Bis­set and Craig Ste­wart say the gen­eral store will re­flect those found in coun­try towns or pro­vin­cial France.

They will start works to trans­form a for­mer panel beat­ers and its neigh­bour­ing sec­ond-hand fur­ni­ture shop near the sub­urb’s post of­fice into the North Fre­man­tle Gen­eral Store next week.

“We’re go­ing to im­prove the way peo­ple eat bread,” Mr Bis­set, 29, said.

As busi­ness part­ners for five years, Mr Bis­set and Mr Ste­wart have seen their ini­tial cater­ing op­er­a­tion grow to in­clude their Cottes­loe store, with its daily-made cin­na­mon buns and award­win­ning breads, and the Lit­tle Loaf Bak­ery in South Fre­man­tle.

Af­ter October, they plan to start sup­ply­ing their in­de­mand breads from a new Big Loaf factory be­ing re­fur­bished in O’Con­nor and are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing grind­ing their own flour.

In ad­di­tion to bak­ery prod­ucts, ready-made meals and cof­fee, the North Fre­man­tle Gen­eral Store will of­fer other kitchen sta­ples.

“The store will have more re­tail prod­ucts, like fruit and veg­eta­bles, milk, eggs and news­pa­pers, as it will serve the dif­fer­ent needs of the area,” Mr Bis­set said.

How­ever, growth has not been with­out pains, in­clud­ing Cottes­loe residents’ com­plaints about noise, park­ing and smells at the Cottes­loe store, which the Town of Cottes­loe con­tests breaches plan­ning laws.

Mr Bis­set would not com­ment on a State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal hear­ing about the com­plaints now sched­uled for February, but he said while the precinct near the North Fre­man­tle Gen­eral Store would be busier, there was a carpark for cus­tomers op­po­site the post of­fice. Mr Bis­set said residents would be able to ask for new prod­ucts at the gen­eral store.

“If the peo­ple of North Fre­man­tle don’t like pizza bread but like Turk­ish go­zleme, then off we’ll go to get it for them,” he said.

The store would re­main true to its Cottes­loe coun­ter­part by pro­vid­ing short-or­ders and ready-made meals.

Lit­tle Loaf is planned to be­come a lunch bar.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Lachie Bis­set and Craig Ste­wart in­side the North Fre­man­tle Gen­eral Store.

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