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Saturday, November 19, 2005

The economy is cooking?

[Heard on RNZ today...]
Bakery chain "Coupland's bakery" has broken its links with the North Island. The South Island bakery chain had 2 stores open in the North Island, with plans to open 2 more and a factory in Palmerston North.

Jobs, trade, expansion. Sounds good. Maybe the economy is cooking?

Alas, the souffle had fallen flat. Delays over getting resource consent for the factory, the cost of shipping goods across the Cook Strait (no pun intended) and the hassles of setting up new shops has proven too much. Ray Coupland is deciding to focus on mainland business, and the two North Island shops will be closed as soon as possible.

Looks like the government, who skim the cream off the business profits, may have to do without. Maybe we can bring in frozen bread rolls from China? As soon as we spend millions of tax dollars promoting "Buy Kiwi made" maybe we could then consider making it easier for NZ businesses to run a business?

Was it Dr Cullen who said "Let them eat cake?"

Posted by ZenTiger | 11/19/2005 01:04:00 pm


Blogger Murray said...

Closed asap???

It's litteraly only just opened in a new building.

Way to make a good impression, fire people for Christmas.

I hope the Grinch pisses in his flour.

11/19/2005 03:50:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

I wonder if he made a good impression by hiring them in the first place?

Are you suggesting it was incompetence to have tried to start a business in the first place? From the report, it seemed as if he was stymied by RMA hold-ups kicking off the North Island factory, taking so much longer, they've given up trying. They might not be the real criminals for trying, and people's salaries have to come from some-where.

Still, point taken. It is pretty rough to fire people leading up to Christmas. Being a bakery, one would hope they are able to capitalise on the Christmas splurging and keep it going a bit longer, possibly providing some job hunting assistance for staff.

I went hunting for their web site to see if I could find more information. Their site is a 2 pager, with nary an email address to ask for further detail. Perhaps I'll give them a call next week and see if I can find out more on the situation...

11/20/2005 08:43:00 pm  

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