“Iconic” Hansa Backerei faces final close down

Sharlien Tjambarie

One of the landmark businesses in Swakopmund, Hansa Bäckerei, faces financial dire straits and could close down.

That is according to the owner, Mr Gerhard Pohl who confirmed this iconic bakery faced financial difficulty for quite some time now. The Covid-19 lockdown and restrictions since the end of March last year has made the situation worse, whilst the market environment has also changed.
All major supermarket outlets have their own in-house bakeries, and locally produced products faces increasing competition from imported products.
Commenting on a question whether the bakery might close down, Pohl confirmed the possibility.
“We are considering closing down but that decision is still pending. The past year was financially and emotionally strenuous on all of us”.

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