Robinsons Hardware has announced that it will be closing down the Baker’s Market in the Melbourne CBD in December 2019.
“The Bakers Community has always been part of our lives here in Melbourne,” the company said in a statement.
“Our family of brands have helped create a strong community and community identity across the city, with many of our loyal Bakers having taken on new roles, such as community engagement and brand management.”
Robinson’s had been the sole retailer in Melbourne since 2017, but the business has been selling the market to its sister company, Baker’s, since 2017.
Baker’s has already been buying and selling the Baked goods, including biscuits and cakes, since 2019.
However, it was revealed on Thursday that Baker’s would not be buying the Bakes in the CBD in 2019.
“We’re proud to say that Bakeries’ Market will be returning to the CBD next month,” the statement said.
Robinsons is the fourth Australian business to shut down the Melbourne market in the past five years.
The Melbourne Bakes market was originally known as the Bakshop and opened in December 2018.
A number of smaller businesses have also closed down in Melbourne in the last five years, including the Royal Bakers, which closed its Melbourne Bakers shop in 2018 and the Baking Co. in 2015.
There has been a sharp decline in business in the city since the Melbourne Bakshops shut down in 2018, with Melbourne’s market falling to its lowest levels in decades.
Baker’s, along with the Bonsai, had a long history in the region.
In 2017, the Balsam Street Market was named the best Australian bakes market by the Sydney Morning Herald.
It was a landmark year for the Melbourne bakes industry, which was in a period of great growth before the bakeshops went bust.
Its closure came as Melbourne saw the largest increase in bakers jobs since 2011, with more than 400 jobs being created in the market over the past year.
According to figures from the Bureau of Statistics, Melbourne’s unemployment rate is at 5.9 per cent, up from 4.5 per cent in September.
Melbourne’s booming retail industry is seen as one of the reasons behind the decline in the Belsam Street market.
But a new report has also highlighted how the city’s booming market has been the driving force behind the citys population explosion.
‘The bakeshop is a great way to showcase the diversity of our city’ – CEO of the Melbourne Bakery, Sarah Macdonald-Mackenzie “There’s been a lot of focus on the number of people who work in the baking industry, but I think the bakershops are really an incredibly inclusive and diverse industry, with the majority of the people who are employed there being female, ethnic minority and Indigenous people,” Ms Macdonald McKenzie, who is also the CEO of Melbourne Bakeries, said.
“There are a lot more women baking in Melbourne, but we’re still missing out on the women of colour and Indigenous women in baking, because we’re not seeing enough of those in the industry.”
The company is hoping to expand its Melbourne bakers market into other parts of Melbourne.
Makerspaces and cafes have sprung up around the city to cater for the influx of new bakers in Melbourne.