A beloved bakery that had been in business for almost 80 years appears to have suddenly shut up shop, much to the despair of heartbroken locals.
Morris Bakery in Naracoorte, around a three-and-a-half hour drive south of Adelaide on South Australia’s Limestone Coast has been closed all week.
The once-thriving business established in 1946 on the Smith Street precinct had been struggling for some time, although no official announcement of its closure has been made.
The bakery is located on a once-busy shopping strip now described a ‘ghost town’ with mass closures and empty stores.
Increased competition from nearby bakeries have also contributed to its decline.
Morris Bakery on Naracoorte’s main street has been an institution for almost 80 years
Morris Bakery (pictured a menu item) has been closed all week, sparked speculation that it has shut up shop
Morris Baker was once renonwed for having the best doughnuts, pies, fresh bread, rolls and sandwich bar in town.
The business used to supply bread and many other delicacies to dozens of local businesses and organisations including local schools and footy clubs.
Businesses as far as the Victorian border would also place catering orders with the bakery back in the business’s heyday.
Locals used to line up outside the front door to order freshly made sandwich rolls and salads from the much loved sandwich bar that was adored by both young and the old.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Morris Bakery for comment.
Locals lamented the loss of the bakery and took to social media to express their disappointment.
‘Very sad indeed. Was such a bustling, successful business that was so iconic to our town and districts for many years,’ one person said.
‘So sad to see another business closing their doors, after such great service to Naracoote, for so many years. The Morris family can hold their heads high,’ another wrote.
Other sad locals say the bakery’s closure is another dent to the street’s history.
The bakery (pictured) had been struggling to remain open for some time, according to locals
‘Years of Naracoorte history gone,’ one told the Adelaide Advertiser.
‘The main street is starting to look like a ghost town.’
However, others claimed that quality of Morris Bakery’s once iconic treats had gone down hill in recent years.
Smith Street- once known as a retail hub, had suffered from the closure of several businesses including food stores in the area in recent years which has led to a decline in shoppers and diners visiting the area.
The local newsagent closed up several years ago and flower shop Naracoote Flowers and Gifts, shut their doors in January this year.
Naracoorte’s Target country store which was popular among locals for their shopping needs also closed in 2021.
Morris Bakery was once famous for making the best pies and sandwiches (pictured) in town