Announcement – Odonnell Bakehouse

We are very sad to announce that Darryl and Michelle Odonnell, of Odonnell Bakehouse, have decided to leave the Corn Exchange.

Over a number of months, we have worked very closely with them to try to help them negotiate these unprecedented and challenging times but, after careful deliberation, they have reluctantly decided that it would be in their best interest if they were to leave the Corn Exchange in order to concentrate on expanding the popular mobile and events side of the business. We understand and support their decision, and extend our best wishes for the future.

We have included below a press release prepared by Darryl and Michelle

Unit 3 of the Corn Exchange will now be marketed and we will provide further updates in due course.

Dean Christy
Managing Director
Corn Exchange Crickhowell Ltd

Odonnell Bakehouse Press Release

At the end of 2019 exciting developments in the corporate and wedding events side of our business also led to significant opportunities in the areas of street food, pop-ups and festivals, a direction we were looking forward to exploring further, whilst continuing to grow our existing venture at The Corn Exchange on Crickhowell High Street.

Fast forward to May 2020 and Odonnell Bakehouse, like many other businesses, has had to adapt and change the way we work during what can only be described as the most challenging period most of us have ever experienced. We have been genuinely overwhelmed by the support we have received since starting our free ‘no contact’ delivery service on 18th March and to our customers, both old and new, we’d like to say a huge thank you.

For the remainder of 2020, however, the future appears more uncertain than we could possibly have imagined.

As a responsible business we have a duty of care for the health, safety and welfare of every person that enters our premises and, having conducted a thorough risk assessment, we have concluded that it is simply not possible for us to trade without compromising the wellbeing of our customers and employees alike. As such it is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision not to re-open ‘Brunch & Brownies by Odonnell Bakehouse’ and will instead continue to develop a more mobile business model, one that will give us the flexibility to navigate the unpredictable period ahead.

Being a part of The Corn Exchange family and a Crickhowell High Street trader has been a wonderful, invaluable experience and we have been very lucky to have had such amazing customers (of both the two-legged and four-legged varieties), many of whom have become life-long friends. We will miss you all.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dean, Peter and their fellow Directors at Corn Exchange Crickhowell Limited for providing us with the opportunity of being part of this fantastic project and for their unwavering support and guidance.  We would also like to wish the future tenants the very best of success in Crickhowell’s wonderful high street.

Do not fear though, we will be permanently offering our free delivery service straight to your door, and once permitted we will be popping up here, there and everywhere with many exciting future projects in the pipeline….follow us on Facebook and Instagram for our weekly updates on our delivery menus 😊

Finally, we would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support….it really does mean the world to us, especially in these tough times.

Stay safe everyone.

Michelle and Darryl xxx

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