An Aberdeen bakery recently forced to shut one of its branches due to business downturn has asked to change its operating hours to help it maintain jobs.
Chalmers Bakery in Ballater has applied to Aberdeenshire Council to change its hours for deliveries from 6.30am to 5pm on Monday to Friday to 4am to 5pm from Monday to Friday and 3am to 5pm on Saturdays.
The company has said that since closing its Bucksburn store in March, it has struggled to dispatch its products to Aberdeen in time.
In a letter to Aberdeenshire Council, Chalmers Bakery director Pamela Chalmers said: “Due to the logistics of delivering to Aberdeen city early morning as per the requirement of our customers and the nature of the business, we now require a change in permissions in our operating hours.”
The bakery has also stated that since transferring production to Ballater, it has created 10 new jobs.
The letter said: “We do hope we are successful in our application as it would be of great detriment to our business if we are not.
“If the application was not successful we unfortunately would not be able to fulfil our orders as required, resulting in a major loss of business and jobs.
“Chalmers Bakery as a whole has been in business for 63 years in Aberdeen/Shire with the same original family managing the company today and in a struggling industry we really hope to continue for many years more to come.”