Jobs saved as bakery gets back in business

Hinitts bakery, Barnsley Road, South Elmsall.'Manageress Sandra Foster (right) and shop saaistant Anna Goldthorpe.'h7262a150
Hinitts bakery, Barnsley Road, South Elmsall.'Manageress Sandra Foster (right) and shop saaistant Anna Goldthorpe.'h7262a150

A BAKERY which was devastated after a suspected drink driver ploughed into it is back in business - saving four jobs.

On Monday Hinitts Bakery, on Barnsley Road, South Elmsall, re-opened two doors down from its original shop which was completely wrecked after the smash on Friday, December 2.

Fears had been raised that four workers at the bakery could have been out of a job for Christmas.

But owner David Hinitt has managed to keep his staff serving customers after the owner of Sue’s Florist donated her premises.

He said: “Christmas is the busiest time of year for us and if we had missed this and let our customers down they might not have come back to us.

“Our first priority is to look after our customers and keep our staff in their jobs.”

The family business has shops in Ackworth and South Kirkby but there were no vacancies to transfer staff.

Last weekend workers transformed the temporary shop putting down new flooring, and installed hot water and a new phone line.

Mr Hinitt said: “The business would have suffered dramatically if we had not been able to re-open. But also one of our main priorities was our staff because it looked as though they would have been out of a job.”

The bakery, which opened in 1995, could have to be demolished after the smash destroyed the lower level of the building and affected the upper storey leaving it structurally unsafe.

The 24-year-old male driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, driving while over the prescribed limit and possession of drugs with intent to supply. A male passenger was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply.

They have both been released on bail pending further enquiries.