A branch of a popular local bakery chain closed suddenly last week.
The bailiffs were called into the Little Common branch of Earl’s Bakery in Bixlea Parade on Tuesday, February 14.
A forfeiture notice was attached to the window of the shop.
Andrew Krawczyk, a spokesperson for Earl’s Bakery (Bexhill) Ltd, told the Observer that the firm was “extremely sad” over the closure, and pointed to the wider issues facing businesses in the Little Common area.
He said: “This is probably a bigger problem and a bigger topic that should be raised with regards to small business in Little Common.
“Each year the shop in Little Common was less and less profitable – I am sure you are aware that green grocers in Little Common shut down their shop for the same reason – and we had to keep adding from our pocket to keep this shop open.”
But the closure of the Little Common bakery has not affected the other branches of Earl’s which continue to trade as normal.
Mr Krawczyk added: “As we said, we are very sorry for what happened and would like to invite our customers to our shops in Sidley, Western Road and Ore village.
“We are offering quality and a big variety of cakes, fancy cakes, bread, rolls and pies.
“Our company stalls are available in a few Co-operative supermarkets as well as convenience shops McCalls in East Sussex.”
Earl’s Bakery is a well-known chain in Bexhill and has had a presence in the town for almost a century.
Earl’s Bakery was started on April 2 1921 by Henry and Eleanor Earl.
In 1930, the family managed to purchase a piece of land in Turkey Road and by 1931 they had their first purpose-built home bakery and shop.
The business carried on growing with door-to-door delivery being the key to this early success.
Earl’s Bakery now has four branches spread across Bexhill, Hastings and Eastbourne and the company’s head office is in Ninfield Road, Sidley.
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