BAKERY TO CLOSE AFTER 75 YEARS
…but late bid could save firm
Jobs losses loom as a popular Rutherglen and Cambuslang bakery faces closure after more than seven decades in the area.
James Coull Bakery will shut permanently in a matter of weeks – unless a buyer can be found.
Owner Ross Coull has taken the decision to allow him to go back to his original career, in science.
The family business was started by his grandfather James 75 years ago and includes bakeries on Rutherglen Main Street, Farme Cross and in a newsagent on Cambuslang Road.
Staff have already been offered redundancy terms.
Mr Coull told the Reformer: “It has been an extremely difficult decision to make.
“My dad Jack ran the business for more than 40 years and I came back to help him two years ago after he was having some health problems.
“I had never really thought about working in the business as a full-time career until then.
“It hasn’t really worked out for me, I had been working in science and analytics until then.
“It isn’t something I have decided on flippantly – this is something I’ve had sleepless
nights about because it has been a part of our family for so long. But I want to go back to my old career in science.”
Despite his decision to close, Mr Coull, from Burnside, remains hopeful a buyer for the business can be found. He said: “It‘s only been around a week since we told staff what was happening and already there have been five people expressing an interest – we’re not even officially on the market yet. I hope someone comes forward for it. The business itself is still doing well.
“It would be good if someone from Rutherglen or Cambuslang would take it on, someone who knows what the business means in the area as it has been there for so long.
“We will close by the end of June but hopefully someone will come forward to keep it going and offer the workers jobs.”
A Rutherglen resident, who did not wish to be named, told the Reformer: “We hope it stays open because Coulls is good for the area and it’s always busy.
“They are open from 6am in the morning and serve rolls to the early workers. It’s a landmark in the area, it’s been there for decades.”
I hope someone comes forward for it. The business itself is still doing well
Main Street The Coull shop