A BRAND new bakery business has opened up in Andover town centre.

The Magic Bakery on Union Street opened its doors to the public on Wednesday afternoon (January 12).

Owners Ana Rosep, 28, and Nik Policarp, 41, were inspired to launch the independent shop after the success of their Romanian supermarket, Magazin Alimentar, which they launched across the street in December 2020.

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Ana said: "It was an obvious place to open a bakery. Not only does Andover town centre not have a fresh bakery serving pastries, savouries and other delicious food, but we are in an attractive and busy walkway just off the high street and close to the car park."

She continued: "We bake on the premises so all our foodstuffs are very fresh and we anticipate a good lunchtime trade as well as people picking up croissants and pastries after we open at 8am as they go to work.

"We have worked extremely hard to open our new business."

Andover BID has helped to establish and promote the couple's new endeavour since Tip Top Balloons closed due to retirement at the end of last year.

BID manager, Steve Godwin, said: "This is another example of Andover town centre’s appeal to independent businesses.

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"The life blood of our town has been the established and new independents and, in Covid times, Andover has come into its own because of its wide open spaces, ease off access, convenience, and plentiful low cost parking."

He added: "We are experiencing a high level of demand for new business to join our many long established companies in the town and we believe that Andover has everything to celebrate with other businesses waiting to follow."

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