Could there be a buyer for bakery empire?

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BAKERY giant Greggs could be moving to Scarborough.

BAKERY giant Greggs could be moving to Scarborough.

Officials from the company have visited the town to inspect potential business sites.

The Newcastle-based firm would replace Scarborough’s Woodhead, which announced on Wednesday that it had entered administration after 74 years of trading. A Gregg’s spokeswoman told the Evening News that Scarborough was a viable option for its expansion.

She added: “The company has been looking at the North Yorkshire area, including Scarborough, for potential new locations. This is part of our growth plans for an additional 600 shops around the country in the coming years.”

The news comes after 30 Woodhead employees were made redundant this week with 280 staff awaiting their fate.

The Beaconsfield Street-based company, which is run by brothers Colin and Stuart Woodhead, is still trading while a buyer is found. However, despite the administration announcement, the firm continued to witness bustling trade again yesterday at its Westborough and Brunswick Centre outlets with customers expressing shock at the news.

A number of other bakery chains in Scarborough also spoke of their sadness at the situation.

Joan Hardie, from Hardies in Huntriss Row, said: “It is a sad day for Stuart and Colin.

“We knew their mother and father when we first came here over 40 years ago and it is such a shame for everyone including all of the staff.”

John Thomas, chairman of Thomas The Baker, which has an outlet on the corner of Aberdeen Walk and Westborough, offered his sympathy upon hearing Woodhead’s situation.

He added: “We know both Colin and Stuart Woodhead and are extremely sorry that such a long standing business has been put into this difficult position.

“We hope that a satisfactory resolution can be found for the business and its staff.”