MANNA FROM THE NORTH
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.
Lachie Bisset and Craig Stewart inside the North Fremantle General Store.