True Grain Bread Ltd. announced Friday that it is purchasing the assets of Grains Bakery in Courtenay (445 10th St.), and will open a sister store under the True Grain name there in October.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to build on the rich legacy of Grains Bakery by providing freshly baked bread and other baked goods in Courtenay and the surrounding area,” said Bruce Stewart, president of True Grain Bread.
Grains Bakery evolved from the long-serving Bunsmaster in the Comox Valley under the ownership of Bernadette and Michael Pitcher.
“We are deeply thankful to all their retail and commercial customers who have supported us and are pleased to pass the business onto True Grain Bread to carry it to the next level of healthy, fresh baked products for the North Island,” said Michael Pitcher. “Saturday, Sept. 16 will be the last day of operation of the Grains retail bakery.”
“At True Grain, we are driven by our vision and guiding principles,” said Stewart. “A world where the craftsmanship of bakers, the fragility of the planet, the value of organic farmers, the importance of community and the simplicity of real food are recognized, valued and respected.”
Brittany Evans, a longtime True Grain employee and current manager in Cowichan Bay, will be moving to the Comox Valley to be the general manager.
“At its core, True Grain Bread is about community and connecting people to their food in a healthy and meaningful way. We are proud that every loaf of True Grain Bread comes from an organic B.C. farm, is fat-free, sugar-free, and preservative-free, and hand-crafted the same day in our town.
“We are going to spend two weeks to install new equipment and renovate the bakery and we hope to be open in early October. Follow our Courtenay Facebook page for updates on our progress.”
True Grain Bread is an old world inspired European bakery that specializes in fresh, local, organic, handcrafted bread. Since opening the doors in Cowichan Bay in 2004 True Grain Bread has become internationally recognized for delivering an unparalleled bread experience. True Grain Bread is a beacon for sustainable business practices, partnership with local farmers and producers and building and fostering community. True Grain Bread is a family-owned B.C. company centred in Cowichan Bay, B.C.