MATHIESONS two Bo’ness shops ceased trading on Friday, with the loss of six jobs, as the firm went into administration.
The Dean Road and South Street shops were among 20 that shut resulting in 84 redundancies.
Administrators said there was no other option amid tough trading conditions
Blair Nimmo and Tony Friar of KPMG had immediately sold part of the business and certain assets, including eight shops, to Prestige Bakeries safeguarding 240 jobs.
Mathiesons, whose brand had existed since 1872, operated as a wholesale and retail baker from its Larbert base.
Mathiesons Foods was formed after the administration of Mathiesons Bakeries in May 2010.
Councillor Dennis Goldie, Falkirk’s economic development convenor, said the council was liaising with KPMG.
“We have offered to hold a workshop for staff in the Falkirk area and would encourage those affected to get in touch,” he said.
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said: “My sympathies go to the loyal staff who have backed the firm over a difficult period.
“I have called on the local Partnership Action for Continuing Employment team to do all that they can to assist.’’