A NEW bakery has opened in Winchester High Street, filling a former banking unit that was left empty for two years.

Wenzel’s The Bakers opened its doors for the first time at 7am on Tuesday, August 29, with a range of bread, pastries, sweet treats and meal deals on offer.

The bakery chain, which began in London in 1975, is expanding across the south with Winchester being one of its five Hampshire stores, including new ones in Basingstoke, Whiteley and Southampton.

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To celebrate the opening the business is selling bread and coffee for 99p for its first day.

The bakery is still recruiting for more staff to join the team of 11, with store manager Kris Frost at the helm.

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Manager of Winchester’s Business Improvement District (BID), Sarah Davis, said: “I’m really excited about yet another new opening on the High Street.

“I didn’t know about Wenzel’s until recently. I went to the one in Whiteley, which I was very excited about. The nice thing about Wenzel’s is that it has a different range of stuff and it’s affordable. It’s nice to have something different.

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“People always need to have something to eat so I don’t have a problem with anyone coming to the High Street and bringing food.

“We’re not a city with many empty units but every one that is filled is another one off the list. It makes this end of the town come to life a lot more.”

Wenzel’s is open at 141 High Street from 7am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 5pm on Sundays. Delivery is also available.

To have a look around the new store, watch the Chronicle's Facebook Live video below.