Bakery changing hands
Edelweiss Bakery owners sell up after 15 years in business
BEECHWORTH Bakery is bringing its renowned bread, pastries and cakes to the Ovens Valley.
They will open two stores in Bright later this month after purchasing Edelweiss Bakery from Nigel and Rebecca Earl.
Edelweiss Bakery will trade for the last time next Tuesday before Beechworth Bakery opens the following week after a short changeover.
Beechworth Bakery managing director Marty Matassoni said it was exciting to be adding an eighth and ninth store to the chain’s growing operation in a busy tourist town like Bright.
“It’s been incredible watching Bright grow over the last few years, it’s very similar to Beechworth and it just fits with our brand and everything we believe in,” he said.
“It’s a small community and a positive and proactive one and we want to get involved and be a part of that.
“We’re taking over a great business to continue into the future and in doing that we’ll operate out of both the Ireland Street and Gavan Street locations and service the community as best we can.”
Beechworth Bakery opened in Beechworth in 1984 and prior to coming to Bright added new stores at Yackandan- dah, Albury, Echuca, Bendigo, Ballarat and Healesville.
Some staff from Edelweiss Bakery are expected to remain working across the two stores while opening hours will increase under the new ownership, most likely from 6.30am to 6.30pm.
They’ll also look at creating more seating space in both stores by pushing the shop area back into the two bakehouses.
Edelweiss Bakery owner Nigel Earl said he was confident Beechworth Bakery would be well received by the locals after approaching the chain about taking over.
“The idea to sell up had been on the cards since our son was born... he’s three now and the time is right for us to make a bit of a lifestyle change,” he said.
“I’ve always been a fan of Beechworth Bakery, they have a great product and I see them offering something new and just freshening things up like we did when we came in.
“From our perspective it’s been a tremendous 15 years; we came from Melbourne and basically just looked for an excuse to stay so we bought the bakery.
“The support from the locals has been amazing and we’ll miss seeing faces we’ve seen every day for 15 years including our wonderful staff who we’ve developed some great friendships with.”
IN GOOD HANDS: Nigel Earl ( right) will next week pass on the keys to his two Bright stores to Beechworth Bakery’s Marty Matassoni.