Long establised baker Mathiesons has shut its two retail outlets in Falkirk and Grangemouth.
Customers were left shaking their head in disbelief when they turned up at the Mathieson’s shop in La Porte Precinct on Saturday only to find it shut with no signs in place explaining the closure.
An angry customer said: “I understand the liquidators arrived unannounced and closed the café at 3.25 p.m. on Friday, February 13, advising the staff present their jobs were redundant forthwith.
“On Saturday morning the shop didn’t even have a sign to advise customers it had ceased trading. What a shocking way to treat both staff and customers.”
Blair Nimmo and Geoff Jacobs of KPMG LLP were appointed provisional liquidators of Mathiesons Bakery Limited on February 13.
Mathiesons, which has been trading in the area since 1872, said the closures of the Grangemouth store and the premises in Cow Wynd, Falkirk, will allow the firm to concentrate on growing the supermarket supply side of the business.
It confirmed the remaining store, owned by Mathiesons Bakery Limited at the bakery businesses’ Larbert headquarters, will remain open.
Nick Wills, Mathiesons’ managing director, said: “The economic climate in Scotland has been tough on our retail business and we have seen footfall continue to drop in retail outlets due to restrained consumer spending.
“We regret having to take this step but it was clear this side of the business was no longer viable and no longer part of the core business strategy.
“Our business supplying the supermarkets is growing rapidly and the closure of the retail business will enable us to focus all our resources on serving our supermarket customers.”