A WELL-KNOWN fixture on Bridlington’s shopping streets are set for a big change.
C.E Higginson baker’s five shops in Bridlington - two on Quay Road, one on Prospect Street, one on Flamborough Road and the main bakery on Promenade - are up for sale as the current owners are due to retire.
Business partners Peter Boughton and Tony Cooper are optimistic that the business, which employ 28 staff of which 14 are full time, will continue to operate as a bakery.
Mr Boughton, who along with his brother-in-law Mr Cooper have been in business for more than forty years, said: “We are hoping to sell it as a going concern.
“It’s a great little business for a younger couple to come in and have a real go at, but we have come to an age where we are ready to retire.
“We have been in discussions with all of the staff to let them know what is happening and they would be keen to stay on once the business is sold.
“A lot of them are specialist bakers and confectioners so they would be needed.”
The five shops are independent of two other Higginson bakeries in the town, on King Street and High Street in Old Town, which go under the name J Higginson.
“There were two Higginson bakers in the town who were relatives, and we took over the business of the father of my wife and Mr Cooper’s wife, C.E Higginson,” said Mr Boughton.
Peter, 64, first started working in the bakery when he was 21, forty-three years ago. He has run the business for 37 years, but has decided now is the right time to move on.
He said: “We’ve been here for a good long time now, so it’s time for us to finish work and have a bit of fun and some time for ourselves.
“I’ll miss the work but it’s a younger man’s game, not many people fancy being up at 3.30am to start in the bakery at 4.30am.
“None of our family are interested in taking over so when we sell the business. the shops and the name go with it, so we hope that the Higginson name will continue around Bridlington.”