Fam­ily bak­ery closes down

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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