It all started with Carmelo Debono, affectionately known as Nenu, a then 14 year old baker’s son who in 1964 chose to follow the family tradition and from such a young age started working in his father’s bakery in Qormi.
It was back in 1969 when Nenu convinced his father Gorg to buy the Maypole brand name from a certain Carmelo Saliba.
Maypole was a well established bakery in Pieta’. Ever since the early 1900s the outlet used to enjoy a considerable amount of popularity in the Sliema area.
Carmelo’s children were not interested in carrying forward the family business but Nenu and another of his six siblings, Leli, wanted to not only keep their family’s tradition alive but also build on its bread making expertise. Together with his father and his brother, Nenu managed to re-start the Maypole brand from a bakery in Gzira. During this time the Maypole name flourished, with the company also winning a government contract to supply bread to the Maltese hospitals of the time.
When in 1973, at the age of 23, Nenu got married to Angela, a baker’s daughter herself, his father Gorg passed on the business to the newlyweds. A year later, inspired by his wife, Nenu transferred the operations back to his hometown of Qormi, to a bakery in Garden Street. This marked a new, but also hard beginning for the company. Starting as early as 4am, Nenu and Angela’s day would end at around 10pm if they were lucky! Angela was essential for most of the work at the bakery. Every morning she would order and pay for the flour, the salt and many other necessities while also rearing the children.
With the growing demands of progress and through his wife’s motivation, in 1986 Maypole moved its operations to a new bakery and shop in St Joseph Street, the same street where Nenu’s father was born and bred. Helped and encouraged by his 8 children, the company has since successfully expanded and opened various shops across Malta. In order to meet the ever-growing demands and variety of tastes of the local market, the new Maypole bakery invested in a new production chain and the most up to date technology.
Today Maypole has become a registered company with a sales network that includes various retail outlets around the villages (Qormi, Fgura, Zabbar, Iklin, Attard, Bugibba, Swatar, Zurrieq, Hamrun, Naxxar, Mellieha & San Gwann).
An old Maypole van, showcased at 'Casal Fornaro', an event where the company showcases lots of work