Finch Bakery twins Lauren Sinclair and Rachel Finch. Inset is The Mall in Blackburn (Image: Finch Bakery/Newsquest)
The Finch Bakery Twins have announced the opening of a new store in Blackburn.
The Instagram-famous bakery chain, owned by Lauren Sinclair and Rachel Finch, will open a store on The Mall creating five new jobs.
It will take over the Millie’s Cookies site in the center of the mall and is scheduled to open later this month.
This is Finch Bakery’s third venture with a store in Great Harwood and a pop-up store at Harvey Nichols in Manchester.
Talking with him lancashire Telegraph, Rachel said they didn’t initially plan to open a site in Blackburn, but when the opportunity arose, it felt like “the perfect place.”
She said: “We didn’t have Blackburn set as a location, but the opportunity came up and it felt like the perfect place.
“We grew up going to Blackburn every weekend when we were teenagers, so it’s very exciting for us to open in the busiest part of the mall.
“We will open as soon as we can, but hopefully by the end of November – the store has created five new jobs.
“We are also excited that the shopping center has been bought by a Blackburn based company and hope to see many more stores opening soon.”
In a Facebook post, the twins said: “We have been dying to tell you all this news. Store number three will arrive at the end of November.
“It’s something we weren’t looking for at all, it’s just an opportunity that came at the right time.
“I mean it’s probably the wrong time in a financial crisis, but we’re moving on to a project that we’re very excited about and bringing Finch Bakery to our hometown.
“From being surrounded by independents in Great Harwood to standing between the big brands H&M, Next, Primark and the food outlets of our ‘competitors’ Costa and Greggs in Blackburn, this has never been a scarier business risk…but we are dreamers, so here we go.
“Opening date and more information announced soon!”
Loraine Jones, General Manager of The Mall Blackburn, said: “We are delighted to welcome Finch Bakery to The Mall.
“The business is built on an enviable reputation for out-of-this-world cakes, brownies, cake jars and celebration cakes, so I’m sure our shoppers will share our enthusiasm for their amazing products.”
Lauren and Rachel, who have 180,000 followers on Instagram, opened their Great Harwood store last year, just four doors down from their original store also on Queen Street.
They started their business from home, making cakes for friends and family, but now publish their baked goods in postcodes across the UK, as well as having written a cookbook that made it to Amazon’s top 10 list.