A BAKERY that came close to closure last year after a car smashed into the shop and reduced it to rubble has finally reopened in its original building.
Hinitts Bakery on Barnsley Road, South Elmsall, was left a heap of bricks after the incident in December.
The smash destroyed the lower level of the building and affected the upper storey, leaving the building structurally unsafe.
A cordon was put around the building and temporary trafﬁc lights were put in place to direct cars around the bakery.
The family-run business was forced to relocate into a shop several doors down but manageress Sandra Foster said it affected business.
She said: “I am just so glad we are back in our original shop, the other shop was ok for the time being but it wasn’t a bakery.
“Many of our customers have come back so it’s great to see their faces again and hopefully we will see more of them.”
The only thing that survived the smash was the fridge, but everything else had to be replaced.
Most of the work has been completed with just a few last minute jobs left to be done.
After the horrific incident, bosses thought they would have to permanently close the shop.
Ms Foster said: “We honestly thought it would have to close and that would have been terrible. This shop is not just where I work, but it really is a big family. We are just so glad to be back.”