Rathbones earmarked for closure

Rathbones Bakery, Newtown, Wigan
Rathbones Bakery, Newtown, Wigan

ONE of Wigan’s best known businesses is facing the axe.

Stunned staff at Rathbones were yesterday told by bosses that the Newtown site has been earmarked for closure with the loss of up to 160 jobs.

Morrisons, the owners of the town’s most famous bakery, said it needs to relocate to Wakefield because there is no room for expansion at the Wigan site.

A consultation is now underway with the workforce and more than 160 jobs could now be at stake with the bakery schemed for closure as early as next summer.

However the company is insisting that some workers could find new jobs at their other bakery plants in Wakefield, Worsley, Winsford or even Deeside.

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy is seeking an immediate meeting with bosses to protect as many jobs as possible.

In a statement Wm Morrison Supermarkets said that they were announcing plans to ensure their bakery operation was “ready for growth” by relocating to their site in Wakefiled

Their statement said: “We are proposing to move production to our Wakefield factory to ensure that the company can continue to support the growth of the business. There is no room for expansion at the Wigan site and it therefore makes sense to concentrate growth on the Wakefield factory.”