Family behind Armagh’s Johnston’s Bakery announce they are retiring

Family behind Armagh’s Johnston’s Bakery announce they are retiring

The family behind the well-known and popular Armagh bakery, Johnston’s Bakery has announced they are stepping back from the business, following a tenure of over 70 years.

Established in 1952, Johnston’s Bakery is a traditional home bakery situated on Scotch Street in Armagh. An institution in its own right, it has been a key part of the city’s trade and a vital part of celebrations in the city and wider district.

In a statement, Alan, Hilary, James and Kellie confirmed the news that they were retiring from the bakery business.

“This time with a heavy heart, we can tell you that the rumours are true. As a family we have decided it’s time to move on and given someone else the opportunity to run this fabulous wee business.

“Hopefully, we can find someone that can drive the business forward and make it as successful as it has been for us.”

Property Link Estate Agents, who is handling the sale, said the well-established business with substantial commercial premises would be suitable for someone already in the bakery trade or someone who is ready to take on a new business venture.

The thriving business is for sale as a going concern, with a shop to the front and hot and cold deli and coffee lounge seating to the rear, along with a large bakery and preparation area.

Following the announcement of the retirement, many tributes were paid to the family on social media, with many describing it as the end of an era and several others wishing them well for the future.