The Ashland Food Co-op has purchased the Deux Chats Bakery equipment and the lease for the bakery’s facilities next door to the Co-op at 222 A Street.
This acquisition provides the Co-op with another 1,800 square feet of production capacity. The new space will allow the Co-op to increase the volume and variety of ready-to-prepare and ready-to-eat products. The addition is expected to relieve pressure on existing food preparation spaces in several departments.
The purchase fulfills part of the Co-ops Strategic Plan, it said in a statement. In 2014 the Co-op board and management team adopted a strategic initiative to “develop a financially sustainable organic food production facility with the capacity to meet the projected sales needs of AFC, and to possibly extend sales to other compatible markets.
“While the community will mourn the loss of Deux Chats’ extraordinary handcrafted pastries, we wish Michelle and Garrett the very best in their next adventure. We are grateful to have worked with them to make this addition to Co-op capacity a reality,” says AFC General Manager Emile Amarotico.
While the goal of the facility is to increase production capacity, detailed plans will not be completed until the new year.