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Montrose bakery to close after 85 years

William J Johnston Bakers and Confectioner is closing down after 85 years

William J Johnston Bakers and Confectioner is closing down after 85 years

The oldest bakery in Montrose is closing down after 85 years of service in the town.

William J. Johnston Bakers and Confectioner, on Castle Street, is shutting up shop because owner Ian Johnston is retiring and his business partner and daughter Sarah Barclay is pregant and wants to spend time with her family.

The business has been sold but will not be taken over as another bakery.

In a statement the family said: “We want to thank everyone for their local custom and support over the years.

“It will be an extremely sad day but as a family we feel we need to slow down from the long hard hours.”

Ian said: “It is with sadness that we do this but it is the right time.

“We tried to sell it as a going concern as another bakery but there was no interest.”

The Johnston family have been bakers for more than 100 years and the premises on Castle Street opened its doors in 1929 when William J. Johnston left the family bakery business in Perthshire to move to Montrose.

For the last 10 years Ian and Sarah have ran the shop as a partnership.

William J Johnston Bakers and Confectioner will shut its doors for the final time on Saturday,
July 26.

 

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