My dad (Bob Horton) was one of the founding members of Compass Bakery back in 1976, he was the original qualified baker. One may know that if you work in the manufacturing side of any food industry, it means that you literally dedicate your life to the business. This includes long hours, working weekends and night shift.
As a young boy I use to spend a lot of time at the factory, getting into all sorts of trouble. In my high school years I use to work during the school holidays, and I believe this is where the passion began. This is where the idea came to mind that one day I would like to have my own “factory” shop.
In December 2013 Compass Bakery was sold and by late 2014 the new owners decided to close 2 of the 3 factory shops. We opened after the closing of the well known Kommetjie bake shop with the hope of bringing the same looking and feel back to the valley.