Staff at North Wales-based chain, Castle Bakery, said they had been told that the shops across Gwynedd and Anglesey were to close.

Workers at the nine Castle Bakery sites across Gwynedd and Anglesey were given the news yesterday morning (18 February), “out of the blue”. The firm has bakeries in Caernarfon, Bangor, Menai Bridge, Holyhead and Beaumaris, and employs “dozens” of staff.

The first Castle Bakery was in Beaumaris, and was founded in 1885. Over the next 131 years, the firm built up a chain of shops in the area and said they served over a million customers a year.

One member of staff, who did not wish to be named, said: “It was out of the blue. I have worked here for more than 20 years and I am just shocked. We had no idea this was coming. They said our last day will be Saturday. They did not say why we were closing. We have started telling customers and they are just shocked as well.”

Another, who also did not wish to be named, said: “They came in this morning and said we would close and that all the Castle Bakery shops were shutting. I now need to find a new job.”

The owners declined to comment when contacted.