Cost of living crisis forces Bon Sucree bakery to close

A downtown pastry shop closed for good just six months after opening.

Bon Sucree on All Saints’ Road has closed shop for the last time due to the cost of living crisis.

Rising costs have created huge challenges, says store owner Ben Thatcher.

A Facebook post announcing the closure read: “It is with great sadness that I have to announce that I am closing Bon Sucree.

“I have had to make this decision due to rising costs that have made the business unsustainable.

“I’d like to thank you all for supporting me over the last 12 years.”

Worcester News: The spinach pie at Bon SucreeThe spinach pie at Bon Sucree (Image: News Search)

With a contemporary and rustic style, Bon Sucree opened its doors on May 14 of this year.

Thatcher, from Worcester, said he enjoyed cooking from a very young age and taught himself everything he knew about baking.

Not afraid to experiment with different flavors, one of Mr. Thatcher’s signature dishes was a spinach pie.

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Bon Sucree had to close for the summer due to extreme heat and was forced to close several times during September due to missed deliveries and to allow for new equipment to be installed.

News of the store’s permanent closure has been met with sadness by its customers, with dozens of them taking to social media to show their support.

Caroline Wickham, owner of No.13 Emporium, is well aware of the problems Bon Sucree will have faced, as her business ceased operations earlier this month.

She said, “Oh Ben, I’m so sorry you had to make this decision. I know it was hard to do.

“Your cakes were amazing and I’m sorry I haven’t been able to support you more in recent months.

“It’s just not good for a lot of small businesses, which is a shame. Good luck in whatever you decide to do next and thanks for supporting us too.”

Worcester News: A Selection of Bon Sucree's CakesA selection of Bon Sucree’s pastries (Image: News Search)

Another supporter, Dee Bruce, said: “So sad to hear this Ben. The world is a crazy place right now.

“Thank you for your amazing treats and we hope to see you return in some capacity in the near future.”

Another Worcester resident, Clive Llewellyn, added: “I’m so sorry to hear your sad news, but I realize how difficult things must be for you and other small businesses.

“Thank you for your deliciousness over the years and specifically for the wonderful chocolate cake you made for my mother’s birthday.”

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