The Mayor and Mayoress meet management and staff of the new Hollands Bakery shop in Bloxwich. L to R: Dawn Rushton, manager Peter Doolan, the Mayor and Mayoress, owner Gwen Smith, Angie Robbins and Lisa Woolley.
Dateline: 10 November 2009
The newest branch of one of Walsall's longest-established bakeries was honoured by a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress of Walsall today (9 November) when Mayor Councillor John O’Hare, accompanied by Mayoress Diane Leese formally opened the shop on Bloxwich High Street at 11 o’clock.
Hollands Craft Bakery, based in John Street, is well-known in the town and to business, but this is their first venture into Bloxwich with their own shop, which replaces the former Cottage Bakery.
The Mayor and Mayoress were welcomed by the owner of Hollands Bakery, Mrs. Gwen Smith, and her bakery manager Mr. Peter Doolan, and were introduced to the staff. Mrs. Smith, who took over the Walsall business four years ago, previously had a long career in catering followed by working in partnership with her husband.
Since opening in late September, the Bloxwich store has built up a regular clientele, according to Mrs. Smith, who said that the new venture was going well. “I couldn’t wish for a better staff team, and the shop has proven very popular. It is particularly busy on Saturdays, with a steady trade in the week as well.”
Mrs. Smith showed the Mayor and Mayoress behind the scenes before presenting flowers to Councillor O’Hare and Ms. Leese to mark the occasion. Following this, Councillor O’Hare cut a special ribbon to declare the shop well and truly open.
The distinguished visitors spoke enthusiastically about the arrival of a new business in the High Street in such difficult economic times, and chatted to staff and customers before sampling a cake or two.
One thing is for sure, Bloxwich folk looking for traditional quality from a local craft baker can be certain of a cheery welcome, good food and good service at Hollands on the High Street.