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This Kamloops bakery can be yours for $1,000, but there's a catch

Strawberry pie is the pie of the month for May at Erwin's Fine Baking & Delicatessen in Kamloops.
Strawberry pie is the pie of the month for May at Erwin's Fine Baking & Delicatessen in Kamloops.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Erwin's Fine Baking/ Facebook

The owners of an established delicatessen in a Kamloops industrial park are giving their business away in a very unique fashion.

Robyn and Shawn Haley have been operating Erwin’s Fine Baking & Delicatessen for 15 years after taking it over from Erwin and Elisabeth Nykelfer who opened it in 1971. They are now hosting a skills-based contest where the winner will get the opportunity to take over the business.

“It’s time to hang up our aprons and pass on the chance to continue the legacy of our business to someone else,” reads a post on their Facebook page. “We wanted to provide a way for the next owners to take over without accumulating a significant amount of debt.”

The contest is open to Canadian residents, except those living in Quebec, who are at least 19 years of age and requires a written essay and an entry fee of $1,000. In the essay, applicants must explain why they’d be a great fit to take over the business and include experience they have in the food industry as well as business management experience, and personal and professional support systems.

Ten finalists will be selected and their letters and essays will be reviewed by two independent judges, who will determine the winner along with three runners up. In the event of a tie, a third judge will determine the winner.

The contest will run until July 20, but may be extended if the minimum number of entries of 500 aren't recieved.

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Erwin’s Fine Baking is a true scratch bakery built on the recipes from Switzerland, where the original owners came from. They offer breads, sweets, pastries and desserts, along with a deli selection for lunch and a section of local, imported and specialty grocery items.

Go here for more details and to make a contest submission.

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