150 jobs saved as bakery is sold out of administration

Some 150 jobs have been saved at Alison’s Coffee Shops (ACS), which traded as Cooplands Bakery throughout Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire, after the business was bought out of administration.

The business and certain assets of ACS, including 29 retail units, were acquired by Cooplands Retail Limited.

The 150 staff employed by ACS have been retained by Cooplands Retail Limited and the business continues trade as Cooplands from all 29 outlets.

A spokesman for Cooplands Retail Limited said: “We are pleased to be continuing the hard work that had gone on over the preceding two years to return Cooplands to its former glories. An entirely new product range is on sale and an ever increasing percentage of product is made in house at the original bakery of Cooplands in Doncaster. Customers are returning and sales are increasing once more. We are fiercely proud of Coopland’s Yorkshire roots and we believe we offer a genuine and value alternative to the large national bakery chains and supermarkets.”

Stephen Parker, partner at Opus Restructuring, which was appointed as administrator, said: “It would have been a tragedy if such a well-known local business as Cooplands had failed after being a fixture in its region ever since it was originally established in 1885. We are pleased to see it survive and continue to serve its loyal customer base.”

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