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Hoover Cake Shop saved from closure

The 48-year-old Hoover Cake Shop in Kowloon City, initially set to shut down on Friday, will be reopened under the same name at the old spot after a new owner takes over.
The store, with its signature red-brick exterior, had seen queues of farewell bidders every day since its closure announcement on September 17.

The bakery was set to close on October 1 as the owner, Chow, wishes to retire. Chow and his wife, in poor health, decided to close down the bakery as their children were unwilling to take over.

The shop is currently run by two staff members - 73-year-old shop assistant Kau and pastry chef Fu. Fu, who learned step-by-step from Chow, has been responsible for making all the cakes in the shop for years.

“Fu will make all the cakes, and there will not be any change in taste (when the shop reopens),” Kau said, mentioning the old menu will remain despite the bakery’s change in ownership.

Kau said the shop would be renovated and reopened at the same site using the same name with a more attractive facade.

Yet the exact reopening date and whether Kau, who has been helping out for 20 years, will continue to work for the bakery remain unknown.

The time-honored traditional bakery is famous for its freshly baked egg tarts. Prominent actor Chow Yun-fat, who has been supporting the bakery for the past 40 years, visited the cake shop last Friday. He bought egg tarts and cakes from the shop as usual.
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