More than 300 jobs have been lost at South Yorkshire bakery chain Cooplands after the firm went into administration.
Staff were summoned to meetings yesterday where they were informed that jobs would go and stores would close across the region.
Administrator Deloitte said 303 jobs have been axed across the business, which employed a total of 562 workers.
Cooplands’ head office and production site in Doncaster, as well as 39 stores, will close.
Business restructuring specialist Resolve has bought 41 of the stores, as well as Cooplands’ Bap Van delivery business.
Adrian Berry, for Deloitte, said: “Cooplands has seen a recent deterioration in trading performance across its retail business, which combined with a significant fixed manufacturing cost, has resulted in unsustainable losses.
“Regrettably, we have had to close 39 retail stores, together with the bakery and head office in Doncaster.
“However, there is some positive news with the sale of 41 retail stores and the entire mobile sandwich van business, which will preserve 259 jobs.”
Paul Davies, director of Resolve said: “Resolve are pleased to announce the purchase of the majority of Cooplands (Doncaster) stores, preserving more than 260 jobs at the company.
“Cooplands will continue to focus on providing great customer service and the best quality products at competitive prices.
“We would like to thank our loyal customers and staff for their support during Cooplands’ 83 year history.
“Your local bakery looks forward to serving you for many years to come.”