A West Belfast bakery said “crazy food prices” and soaring bills were the reasons it had to close its doors after four years in business.
The owners of Tuckers Bakery and Deli on Falls Road said it was a “very difficult decision” to close and described it as “really heartbreaking”.
“Guys it is with a heavy heart that we are writing this post but unfortunately due to the rising bill hikes and crazy grocery prices we have decided to close our doors permanently,” they wrote on social media.
“It was a very difficult decision for us as a family business and we are truly heartbroken but unfortunately with Covid and crazy price increases it is just not sustainable to continue.
“We have met some fantastic people over the years and we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to each customer for their support and loyalty over the past 4 years.
“We will hopefully be back in the near future when things settle down with hospitality. We honestly don’t know what else to say, but thank you all so much. Lots of love, Nicola and Dale.”
The post prompted dozens of comments from customers of the family-run bakery wishing them well, with many hoping they would return to the area as soon as possible.
It’s the second bakery closure in the area in two weeks and the latest in a string of businesses forced to close due to the volatile cost-of-living crisis.
Baps Deli & Desserts, based on Stewartstown Road in the city, closed its doors on Monday and the popular pizza and pasta restaurant Casabella owners said they were “pulling the plug” over the weekend due to rising energy costs.
The latest closure comes after Hospitality Ulster’s Colin Neill said he feared the industry “has yet to see the worst” of the current cost of living crisis.
He told BBC Radio Ulster last week that contingency measures were needed, saying two or three companies in the industry are currently closing each week.
“We have astronomical energy costs, we have increased labor costs. There’s only so much you can take and only so much as the customer can pay for,” he said.
“They have 72,000 jobs that depend on it. We’ve seen the start of closures and I’m really concerned that energy costs will start to rise again in the autumn and that inflation is likely to rise again. We haven’t seen the worst yet.
“We need immediate action, we need an emergency VAT cut and we need support for our energy bills.”
Last weekend a branch of popular Co Londonderry restaurant Moes Grill closed its restaurant in Magherafelt at Castledawson roundabout.
The Velveteen Rabbit Tearoom and Cafe in Newry announced earlier this month that it had closed permanently due to a “shocking rise in costs”, while The Red Door Tea Room in Ballintoy, Co. Antrim confirmed last month it would be closing its doors South Belfast Restaurant Bia Rebel Ramen and Newcastle’s Copper Seafood and Grill.
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/northern-ireland/belfast-bakery-latest-to-shut-its-doors-over-crazy-food-prices-amid-cost-of-living-crisis-41885836.html Tuckers Bakery and Deli, Falls Road: Belfast bakery latest to shut its doors over ‘crazy food prices’ amid cost of living crisis