The owners of the Natural Foods Bakery, well-known purveyors of wholesome foods, are to sell one of their three premises as they focus more on producing artisan breads.
Orla O’Byrne, whose herbalist mother Wendy started the family business at 26 Paul St, Cork, in 1980, said their premises in Fitzgerald’s Park (opened 2015) and at Pierhead in Blackrock (2006) are unaffected.
“We are not leaving Paul St because we can’t make it work. Rather it’s a natural evolution of the business now that we are going more into wholesale,” she said.
Ms O’Byrne said the business has always been an evolving model, from the time she and her sister Ellie used to bake upstairs in Paul St, and sell their produce at farmers’ markets on the nearby Coal Quay or at Mahon Point.
“It’s sort of a return to that in a way. We will be focusing more on our commercial bakery in Marina Park and changing up some of our breads and we will be going straight out to market with it.”
Also informing their decision to sell was a recognition that maybe their parents, dad Frank, and Wendy, might want to move on “and not be landlords anymore”.
Ms O’Byrne describes her mother as the “backbone” of the business.
“She opened the first health food shop in Cork when no one knew what soya milk was,” Ms O’Byrne said.
Ms O’Byrne said they are currently supplying bread to the Bodega Bar and Restaurant on the Coal Quay and Salt restaurant on Victoria Road, as well as selling through the Alternative Bread Company (ABC) in the English Market. They are also selling online through Deliveroo and Neighbourfood.
Ms O’ Byrne said while it was a wrench as a family to put Paul Street on the market, it was where the business was at.
Jobs would not be lost she said. Two of the four employees in Paul St will be reabsorbed into the business while “the two managers are getting married to each other and are off to do their own thing”.
Paul St, with a floor area of about 2,100sq ft over three floors, is on the market for €425,000 and is located on one of the city’s busiest retail streets.
In 2008 the property was redeveloped to facilitate its current usage as a cafe/bakery.
Selling agent Andy Moore of Andrew Moore auctioneers said: “This is a rare opportunity for an entrepreneurial ‘foodie’ to acquire a premises that is ready for immediate occupancy.” Equally, it was “an ideal investment property, eminently rentable”.
While the property is being offered with fixtures and fittings, it is not on offer as a “going concern”.
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