Parts of Doncaster firm Cooplands up for sale

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Parts of failed bakery chain, Cooplands, have gone up for sale, it has been revealed today.

The historic Doncaster firm was placed into administration with the loss of more than 300 jobs after the company continued to amass unsustainable losses.

The firm’s head office and production site in Wharf Road as well as 39 stores across the region have closed with 303 workers axed.

Now administrator Deloitte has revealed that some parts of the business are up for sale.

A spokesman said: “The site in Doncaster which is the head office and the bakery is being marketed for sale with GVA Grimley and the plant and machinery is being marketed for sale by Edward Symmons.”

They were not able to comment on the price, but added “the agents are inviting offers”.

Cooplands went into administration almost two weeks ago after staff were summoned to meetings to inform them of jobs losses.

Business restructuring specialist Resolve, which took over the firm at the end of last year, has bought 41 stores and Cooplands’ fleet of 26 bap vans, saving around 260 jobs.

Paul Davies, Resolve director, said: “Following the purchase of the 41 Cooplands (Doncaster) stores and 26 Bap Vans by ReSolve, the emphasis remains on stocking our stores with local product and our product range continues to be baked locally.

“We are very keen to support local suppliers and bakeries that we may wish to source product from in the future.

“At the moment we are using a number of suppliers for purchases whilst ensuring that product continues to be baked locally.

“Cooplands (Doncaster) has been a local business since 1932 and understands the importance of local support.”

“Whilst the last few weeks have been a difficult time for employees and customers, we are now in a stronger position to provide a bigger and better product range.”