UPDATE 3.30PM: IT'S just past midday on a Wednesday afternoon and a small family owned bakery in Silkstone is trading pies and sandwiches by the second.

It is a booming lunchtime trade for Hot Bread Bin which feeds growing groups of tradies as they cross the street from a new development on Blackstone Rd.

The same development which is helping the business thrive could be Tuyet Huynh and Huy Nguyen's fatal competition.

The $85 million Coles Express development at the old Bremer high school site and a small shopping centre is set to be serving customers by March.

It will be joined by a 140 strong housing development.

Ms Huynh and Mr Nguyen are concerned they could be sharing their own customers and are even more concerned the development could bring another bakery to the suburb.

If so, it would be the third bakery within less than 50 metres.

HOT COMPETITION: Hot Bread Bin owner Tuyet Huynh, with Johnny and Julie Nguyen, are concerned how the development on the old Bremer high school site will affect their business.
HOT COMPETITION: Hot Bread Bin owner Tuyet Huynh, with Johnny and Julie Nguyen, are concerned how the development on the old Bremer high school site will affect their business. Rob Williams


The family say selling sausage rolls in Silkstone is already a tough gig and a large company on the same block will only make supporting themselves harder.

"We are very worried because we are a small business here and we'll feel very lonely if there is a big centre across the road. Maybe the customers won't come here because there will be everything there," Ms Huynh said.

"At the moment all the construction workers are coming here but later on when they're finished we don't know what will happen, it's very worrying for us.

"We already have two bakeries here and I heard maybe one will be over in the development."

Ms Huynh said she was grateful for loyal customers who had supported the business over the past six years but they would need to continue supporting the family for the bakery to stay open.

"I have four mouths to feed so my husband and I are very worried," she said.

"When the new development is finished don't forget about the small family owned businesses that have been servicing the area for six years already.

"Don't forget about us."

A second bakery owner, who wished not to be identified, who had been in business in Silkstone for more than 10 years said she previously enjoyed strong trade from the school students and loyal customers - customers she depended on to stay baking.

"I've got a lot of loyal customers, we've had very loyal customers," she said.

"We had a bit of a slump when the school closed but hopefully when the housing development goes in we will have more business.

"All the kids used to come in of a morning, after school, we don't see any of that any more.

"We've still managed to hold our own."

Developer Citimark has already sold all 74 housing lots at the site and expect first home owners to move in by May while the shopping centre is set to open in March.

A spokesperson said 75% of stage two, 66 lots, was sold and expected to be filled by February.

"The shopping centre is now fully leased and the Coles supermarket and eight speciality stores are on track for a March 2017 opening," the spokesperson said.

 

How it happened

2011: Bremer State High School vacates Silkstone campus

2012: high school demolished

January 2016: work starts on new development

March - May 2017: first customers served and homes occupied

EARLIER: THERE is set to be a new resident at the old Bremer high school site at Silkstone next March.

Coles Express construction is expected to wrap up in within  four months with a shopping precinct to follow.

"Construction has commenced on a new Coles Express convenience and fuel outlet located on the corner of Blackstone and Grange Roads in Silkstone," a Coles spokesperson said.

"The Coles Express will offer great value on a range of convenient food and grocery items and is expected to be completed around March 2017."

It comes after the school was demolished in 2012.



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