BELOVED BAK­ERY TO CLOSE DOORS

Own­ers left with ‘no other op­tion’:

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Er­ica Mur­ree er­ica.mur­[email protected]

BIGGENDEN Bak­ery is known through­out the Bur­nett for its great meat pies and bread.

On Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21, the ovens will shut down and the front doors close as an era comes to an end

Owner Garry Stark is now 71 while wife Bron­wen turns 70 next month, but her ill heath has forced the is­sue.

They have been try­ing to sell their busi­ness for three to four years and now time is against them.

Mr Stark said they have had lots of look­ers but no one had come for­ward to sign on the dot­ted line.

“It is a won­der­ful busi­ness for any­one will­ing to have a go,” Mr Stark said.

“We’ve got no other op­tion but to close.”

The cou­ple would have cel­e­brated 44 years in busi­ness in the town’s main street next Feb­ru­ary.

Mr Stark has been in­volved with the bak­ery since 1963 when he did his ap­pren­tice­ship with the baker at the time, Fred Duf­fin, be­fore the busi­ness was pur­chased by Don Saun­ders.

Leav­ing Biggenden for a short time, the cou­ple came home for Christ­mas and found the bak­ery for sale.

“We’ve been here ever since,” they said.

Four years ago the pair pur­chased the for­mer Biggenden Med­i­cal Cen­tre, out­fit­ting it as a bak­ery.

Biggenden Bak­ery has al­ways been a fam­ily af­fair as son Dar­ren did his ap­pren­tice­ship af­ter leav­ing school un­der his father.

“Be­ing the pas­try cook he is the one re­spon­si­ble for the ev­ery­one’s favourite, the vanilla slice,” she said.

An­other em­ployee Janet Trig­ger had al­ready started work­ing at the bak­ery a few months be­fore the Stark’s pur­chased it.

“So we think of her as part of the fam­ily,” Mrs Stark said.

“We will be sad to leave but we know it has to hap­pen.

“Gary and I are both grate­ful for the friends and fam­ily es­pe­cially our daugh­ter-in-law Su­sanne who have stepped up and helped out when­ever the need arose.”

PHOTO: ER­ICA MUR­REE

BIGGENDEN BAK­ERY TO CLOSE: It will be the end of an era for Janet Trig­ger and own­ers Bron­wen and Garry Stark when the busi­ness closes just be­fore Christ­mas.

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