Mary Schiemer goes to Sauer's Pie Shop to try one of the iconic pies but finds the shop has closed.
Mary Schiemer goes to Sauer's Pie Shop to try one of the iconic pies but finds the shop has closed. Jocelyn Watts

Sauer’s pies goes to auction

ANYONE craving for a slice of Maryborough’s business pie, mixed with a dash of heritage, will be served a golden opportunity next month.

Augie Sauer’s iconic pie shop – the land, building and business – in Park Street is going under the hammer on Saturday, November 13, at 10am.

Owner Robyn Hopper said the 91-year-old pie shop, which closed in June, was still hot property, particularly with travellers who hadn’t heard of its closure.

“It’s still a brilliant business opportunity,” she said.

“We were in there the other day cleaning and cars were still pulling up outside,” she said. “Caravans were lining up in the street and people even came in the front door looking for pies.”

Sauer’s pies were legendary, not only in the Heritage City but also among people across the country who had tasted the Aussie icon’s local version.

The legend had its beginnings when Augie Sauer started in the bakery business in 1919 and delivered pies on foot. In 1922 he bought a horse and cart, and so the pie business began.

Ms Hopper, who now lives in Airlie Beach, bought the shop from the Sauer family about 13 years ago and ran it until ill-health forced her to sell the business, but not the land or building, two and a half years ago.

“It ended up in the hands of a liquidator who has now handed it back to me.”

Ms Hopper said she had now decided to sell and was open to options.

“A new owner might want the business only or the building or the whole package.

“It also depends if they want to continue the tradition, set it up as a franchise or begin a whole new concept.”

Almost all equipment needed to restart trading as a bakery, including the original wood fire oven and modern stoves, is on site.

“It’s ready to open at anytime,” Ms Hopper said.

The auction will be held at 8 Park Street, Maryborough.



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