A long established family business which has grown successfully over fifty years, Greenhalgh's is a craft bakery. Our produce is more than made, it is crafted. The whole enterprise is testimony to the master craftsman who was self-taught. He applied his considerable energy and business talent to become the inspiration and driving force that created Greenhalgh's into the family firm which it is today.
That craftsman was Allan Smart (1924 – 2003). Allan's love of baking was nurtured in his own home and he often spoke about how he learnt his initial skills by watching his mother performing huge weekly bakes in the back kitchen of a house on Tudor Avenue, Bolton. A remarkable man of incredible wisdom and common sense, he left school at the age of 14 and embarked on a lifetime of learning. He had an all-consuming passion for good food and a zero tolerance of anything careless or slipshod.
Back in the day...
Greenhalgh's Bakery Shop was originally owned by Mr James Greenhalgh. It was bought in the 1940's by Bolton Palais de Danse Company, primarily to supply their local dance hall with bakery products. Allan was recruited to be the Bakery Manager. Whilst working for the Palais Company. Allan spotted one of their young lady office employees and identified the woman with whom he wished to share his life. He married Kathleen in 1950 and from that day forward she was at his side in everything he did.
When Mecca took over the Palais Company in 1957, they were prepared to sell the operation to Mr Smart as a going concern. Mr and Mrs Smart initially named the enterprise 'Greenhalgh's Model Bakery' (later to be renamed Greenhalgh's Craft Bakery) to show that it was a model for all others to follow.
He set about building the business according to his own standards. He accepted only high quality products and was his own obsessive 'quality control' manager.
The original small shop expanded very quickly to a small bakery in Horwich at 188 Lee Lane. It supplied shops in Adlington and Bolton in addition to the bakery shop. During this time Greenhalgh's won local acclaim for quality and efficiency. Its reputation grew and the demand for its products increased.
Greenhalgh's outgrew its small premises in Horwich and in 1971 sought and found a location which would allow for expansion to meet the ever-increasing demand. The old Beehive Mill at Lostock was identified and converted to house a modern bakery.
Since the move to Lostock, Greenhalgh's has progressed from strength to strength by adhering closely to Allan Smart's vision. Greenhalgh's remains true to its commitment to the craft baking ethos which has been the focus of the business from the very beginning.
Throughout its years the company has risen to the challenges of the market place and has been innovative in developing new products. Today we are bigger, and more diverse, but in many ways still the same – thriving on quality and service levels.