Life in Bicester just got a little bit sweeter after an exciting new bakery opened in the town centre.
Cornwall-based Warrens Bakery is responsible for the mouth-watering smells tempting shoppers in Pioneer Square in recent weeks.
A staggering 2,379 pasties were gobbled up in the store’s first week and, on its first day of trading, the store welcomed 499 customers through its doors.
The 55-seater Bicester store, one of more than 60 in England, has created eight jobs.
Franchisee Robert Crompton described the opening day as ‘hectic’.
He added: “Local customers are key to our success and we have tried to provide everything they need to enhance their visit to us with daily papers, free WiFi, instore music, nappy changing / WC facilities and even a selection of toys and books for the little ones.
“We also have outside seating and local offers running too so we are welcoming all to come and see us at our new Bicester store, there is truly something for everyone.”
The economic potential of Bicester has also been hailed by the directors of a recruitment agency which has moved its office to the ‘growing’ town.
Thorne and Wait, which specialises in recruitment for the transport, logistics and manufacturing sector, has moved from Kidlington to Market Square, also in the town centre, to be closer to its client base in those industries.
Company directors Steve Thorne and Wesley Wait, who set up the agency two years ago, said they were ‘excited’ about Bicester’s economic prospects.
Mr Wait said: “Bicester is a rapidly growing town, which has recently approved the construction of 10,000 new homes and many more industrial units over the next 12 years.
“This will help to grow the potential pool of labour within this marketplace and the ability to supply a quality local workforce to local companies is one area we’re very good at and keen to see grow.”
Mr Thorne added: “Bicester is one of the most rapidly growing towns in Oxfordshire and we have noticed similar growth in the demand for labour.”