…but late bid could save firm

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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