Buyer found for town bakery site

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A Leeds baking group has bought Scarborough’s Woodhead bakery for £225,000, liquidators have confirmed.

David Wood Baking Ltd, which specialises in frozen products, is believed to be already operating from the site in Beaconsfield Street.

However, it is not known if any of the 100 staff, who were made redundant when Woodhead the Bakers entered liquidation in March, have been taken on by the firm.

The bakery had been owned by Woodhead (Scarborough) Limited, which went into administration in March 2011, before entering liquidation a year later.

In April 2011 the site and 11 shops were leased to Bakery Products Ltd, run by Scarborough-born entrepreneur Arthur Harris, however the company also fell into administration in June.

The P&A Partnership were appointed as administrators but said they were unable to keep the bakery running as a going concern and had no choice but to close it.

They have now managed to sell the bakery to David Wood Baking Ltd, however mystery still surrounds the fate of the remaining 11 Woodhead the Bakers’s shops, which lie empty.

Online forums visited by ex-employees of the Haldanes Retail Group, which owns Bakery Products Ltd, were highly critical of Mr Harris, when the firm went under. Scarborough’s MP, Robert Goodwill, also expressed his concerns over the running of the company.