A drive-through bakery is to open on the corner of Cobra and Gipps streets where until recently Oporto stood. Photo: AMY GRIFFITHSIt seems the chicken really did come before the egg – at least in Dubbo’s case.
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A drive-through bakery is to open on the corner of Cobra and Gipps streets where until recently the Portuguese-style chicken restaurant chain Oporto stood.

It’s to be a locally run-and-owned business partnership between the property’s owner Paul Kempston and Dubbo resident Nick McKechie, with the pair expecting to be ready for business as soon as next month.

Mr Kempston said they hoped to employ about 20 staff, including four bakers, and source their supplies from local businesses such as Midwest Foods.

Mr Kempston bought the site about two years ago and though he owned no other businesses said he “couldn’t leave it sit there when Oporto went belly up”.

About 12 jobs were lost when Oporto closed its Dubbo store in April after a tumultuous couple of years.

Mr Kempston said a bakery was thought to be “the best idea” for the site and it was currently being prepped to become the city’s first drive-through option.

“There’s no bakery up East or South Dubbo,” he said.

“We just thought the opportunity might be there to spoil the people in that area.”

Mr Kempston said it would take about seven weeks to fit the store out and convert it into a workable drive-though bakery, complete with children’s playground.

He said the business was expected to be up and running by early August.

Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Warren Williams said it was promising the Cobra Street site would be in use again.

“It’s obviously encouraging to see another business is going to open on that corner,” Mr Williams said.

“And with Orana Mall expanding there appears to be investment money available in town, which is encouraging for Dubbo.”

When Oporto Dubbo closed down, franchising CEO Jeff Fisher said strong competition and a lack of loyal customers forced the franchisees to close down the business.

“Dubbo has very well established fast food businesses in town,” Mr Fisher said.

“There is a lot of competition in Dubbo and it takes a considerable amount of time to gain traction and for people to get comfortable with a new offering in town.”

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