Beloved city bakery Gornalls after new ownership

Gornalls Bakery in New Hall Lane. Photo: Google.
Gornalls Bakery in New Hall Lane. Photo: Google.

A long-standing city bakery is looking for new ownership after its owner of 14 years is looking to hang up his apron once and for all.

Life-long Preston resident Alan Speele has owned and run Gornalls Bakery in New Hall Lane, Fulwood, since 1994 and has been involved in the bakery industry for more than 50 years after running former businesses in the Ashton area.

But the former Tulketh High School student is now calling an end to his career in the industry and putting the business up for sale.

The 67-year-old said: “It’s been a brilliant experience and I’ve loved every minute of it.

“I will miss it extremely there is no doubt about that, but it’s time for a change.”

The bakery, which has a team of six including Alan, is up for sale through Bolton-based estate agents Hilton Smythe for £235,000 plus stock at valuation and has a long-standing reputation in the Preston community for providing homemade breads, cakes, pasties, pies and sausage rolls since the 1920s.

“This truly is an exception bakery that receives a huge amount of trade from repeat loyal customers,” writes Hilton Smythe on its company website.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for a husband and wife team with experience in this trade.”

The business is being sold as a freehold, which means the property is being old outright, including the land it is built on.

Regarding what comes next for Freckleton-based Alan, the baker said: “Who knows what’s next – let’s see what the future holds.”