We used to buy all our bread from Baker’s Delight. But then we discovered our local bakery was more than half the price of Baker’s Delight plus the loaves of bread from Woolies and Coles are also a fraction the cost of those from Baker’s Delight.

So I’m not surprised that two Bakers Delight stores will close in Darwin in the Northern Territory in June.

As reported in the Daily Mail, the closures were confirmed by Bakers Delight joint chief executive Elise Gillespie who said the company was shutting down franchises at Darwin City and Casuarina Square.

This follows another closure of the bakery chain outlet in Darwin’s CBD earlier this year.

Can’t Sustain Business

The reasons suggested for shutting the doors of these shops include a general downturn in the city’s economy.

‘Unfortunately, with the economic climate in Darwin, we haven’t been able to sustain businesses,’ Ms Gillespie told Newscorp.

‘Across bakeries in Darwin the last few years foot traffic has dropped quite considerably. We often make it through the wet season by what we achieve through the dry.’

The employees in the affected stores (about 10 – 20 people) will be supported by the company.

Ms Gillespie has reassured residents that if the economy turns around and we can find local franchisees and good sites that work from a lease perspective, absolutely we’d consider returning to Darwin.

Baker’s Delight, was originally established in Victoria in 1980 and now has outlets in over 700 locations across the world.

Do you buy from Baker’s Delight? Tell us in the comments below.


  • all these chain stores aren’t sustainable with the number they have – reduce the locations and keep the quality then you’ll get people travelling to buy!

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  • They have fantastic tasting bread but they are quite expensive for bread. I do normally buy from them or my local bakery.

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  • They do great bread but they’re not close enough to buy from them often.

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  • I do like to buy some bread and other baked goods from Bakers Delight.

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  • I hope they don’t all close.Our local one is so popular. Their bread is really nice and for anyone with preservative issues etc, they are the best. Really like their bread, rolls, and bread sticks, as well as some of the cakes they make. We buy there all the time!

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  • Not regularly – i more go for the hotcross buns on occasion, or other delights. but i do like Balers Delight and i hope that there are not too many stores that will be affected over the next few years.

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  • This is so sad. I love Bakers Delight products but I also love them because of their fundraising for breast cancer research with their pink bun sale. Yeah, other places probably have cheaper products, but they wouldn’t taste as good as Bakers Delight

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  • it has always been very expensive and usually opens very close to a “mum and dad” bakery so while they have the name the mum and dad business have the right price and usually really good products too

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  • My local Baker’s Delight bakes my husband’s special order salt-free bread every fortnight and we are forever grateful. He has Meniere’s which is best managed with an extremely low salt diet.

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  • They have the best chocolate croissants. There are two stores in my town. I hope they don’t shut both of them.


    • Their chocolate croissants are definitely delicious.

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