BUSINESS: Warrens Bakery opens in Bridgwater
A NEW bakery opened in Bridgwater town centre on Monday (August 14, 2017) with local businessman James Tucker linking up with what is understood to be the oldest Cornish pasty maker in the world.
Warrens Bakery began life back in 1860 and now has three production sites and over 50 stores throughout the country with its latest addition opening in Bridgwater.
An official grand opening was held to celebrate the launch with the Mayor and Mayoress of Bridgwater, Cllr Graham Granter and his wife Kay, attending alongside franchise owner James Tucker, and representatives from Warrens.
Franchise owner James Tucker said: “I’ve been visiting Warrens stores whilst on holiday in Cornwall for as long as I can remember, so was already familiar with the brand and its premium quality before hearing about the franchise opportunity.
“With Bridgwater being both my home town and the base of our business, it presented the ideal opportunity for our first store.
“I believe there is a real gap in the market here for a premium bakery like Warrens – a store that both offers traditional, local quality and, for many in this part of the country, evokes memories of wonderful holidays to Cornwall!”
Chairman of Warrens Bakery, Mark Sullivan, added: “With the rise in popularity of craft bakery and British baking, we are delighted that we will be able to share our recipes and award-winning sweet and savoury bakes with even more customers in Bridgwater.
“We are immensely proud of our heritage and it is extremely important to us as we grow to do so with experienced and trusted partners.
“James is a prime example of that and, with a track record of running and launching several successful businesses in the area, we are looking forward to working with him in expanding our portfolio of stores in the region.”
With over 150 years of baking experience, Warrens Bakery’s hard work and dedication has seen them receive a long list of accolades for their sweet bakes and pasties. In 2015, they were recognised in the prestigious Craft Business Award in the Baking Industry Awards 2015 and 2016 saw them win a haul of awards at the 2016 British Pie Awards, the World Pasty Championships and claim victory in a number of independent radio polls.
Bridgwater Press photographer Jeff Searle went along to take some photos of the opening which can be found on this link – http://www.bridgwaterpress.co.uk/blog/2017/08/14/warrens-bakery-official-opening-august-14-2017/ .