Family bakery closes down
It was the end of an era for Seymour’s Best Choice Bakery, which closed its doors for the last time on Saturday.
Number 46 Station St has been operating as a bakery for more than half a century, but with the shop’s owner now requiring the building back, the Loweke family shut up shop for the final time after more than 13 years in business.
The Williams family were the first owners in 1957, before bakery chain Homepride worked out of the establishment from 1971. Doug Davey was the next proprietor, then Daryl Ritchens, before Karen, Max and Alan Loweke bought the business in February 2005.
The place has now been gutted, with all equipment stripped out to make way for the owner’s new plans for the building.
Alan Loweke said it was the end of an era for himself and the family, but thanked those who had supported them over the years.
‘‘We can not thank all of our customers enough for all the support we have had in the last 13-and-a-half years,’’ he said.
‘‘The last two years have been much tougher without Max being here, as this shop was his baby, but we kept going for him, and the customers helped with that.
‘‘So from not only myself, but all of us here at Best Choice, thanks from the bottom of our hearts.’’
While Best Choice’s doors have closed for trading, Mr Loweke said they will still be in the shop for the next couple of weeks finalising things, and encouraged customers to drop by and say hello one final time.
‘‘Please feel free to drop in and say good bye and help us close the final chapter on a long-time bakery,’’ he said.
Family team: Mother and son duo Alan and Karen Loweke closed the doors to Best Choice Bakery for the final time on Saturday after more than 13 years in business.