Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 6, 2014

Flowers Bakery building now on market

BLUEFIELD — A vacant bakery is now up for sale in Mercer County three years after it was originally closed.

Flowers Baking Company has decided to sell its Brushfork plant but does not want to advertise it, Janet Bailey, executive director of the Mercer County Development Authority, said.

“There has been some interest in the building and all the inquires are going to a Flowers Bakery representative,” Bailey said.

Bailey said she is not sure whether or not it will open as another bakery.

“As far as I know Flowers is informing people of what can and cannot go in the building,” Bailey said.

The bakery closed its Brushfork plant in 2011. More than 160 jobs were lost.

“We do hope someone will bring a company into the old building that will create jobs for Mercer County,” Bailey said.

Robbie Watkins, president of Flowers Bakery, previously told the Daily Telegraph that the bakery was too outdated to keep up with current demand and replacing the equipment was not viable for the company leading to the closure.

The loss of 164 jobs was a blow to Mercer County. The estimated loss of yearly tax revenue alone for the county was more than $105,000.

Flowers Bakery also operates two discount stores, one in Bluefield and another in Princeton. Both of those stores are still open.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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