Parker Pies turning 21
Fred and Bernadette Parker’s oldest son, Cody, was just four months old when the couple opened Parker Pies in the main street of Rutherglen – that was 21 years ago.
The business officially turns 21 on Saturday, July 1 with the family and staff looking to celebrate the milestone throughout the year.
Mr Parker said a lot had changed in the past two decades.
“We were the first in town with an espresso machine, now coffee is a major part of our business,” he said.
“We have extended the inside of our shop and added a courtyard out the back, which have both increased our seating capacity.”
His son Cody, 21, is the next generation Parker who has been working for the family business now for the past three years.
“He was just four months old when we came here and now he is working here as a manager,” Mr Parker said.
The couple also have 17-year-old twins, Sarah and Jack.
Today the business employs a dozen staff.
Mr Parker wished to thank his staff for their great support and great work ethic, which has seen the business go from strength to strength over the years.
He also wanted to thank the customers for supporting the business. “It’s great to have tourists coming through but it’s the locals that come in every day that make the difference and are the reason we are still here today,” Mr Parker said.
Fred Parker and Cody Parker gearing up to celebrate 21 years of Parker Pies being in business in Rutherglen.