Clevedon’s only butcher set to close

PUBLISHED: 07:00 31 January 2018

Barry Patrick and Chris Wheeler  at Lb to Lb Butchers, which is closing in March.

Barry Patrick and Chris Wheeler at Lb to Lb Butchers, which is closing in March.

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Clevedon’s only butcher will close in March with a drop in footfall and increasing prices blamed for the decision.

Lb To Lb Family Butchers in Station Road will open for the final time on March 3.

The shop has been used as a butcher since 1939 but the current owners say they have been left with no alternative but to close due to a sharp decline in footfall and rising wholesale prices for meat.

Part-owner Barry Patrick told the Times: “I have been here for six-and-a-half years but my colleague Chris has been here for 18 years.

“We are just not getting the footfall. At around 2.15pm every day it goes very quiet.

“The wholesale price of meat has gone up.

“We are trying to be as competitive as we can and source locally – I source from Bakers in Nailsea.

“We need something to happen to Clevedon.

“We have tried all sorts. We have had an advert and we do Facebook and everything else.”

Mr Patrick added he believes the loss of Morrisons and Co-operative bank has had a major impact on people visiting the Queens Square and Station Road area which is hurting passing trade.

The supermarket closed in 2016 with B&M Bargains moving into the building.

Although he has thanked the shop’s ‘loyal’ customers, Mr Patrick admitted there are not enough to keep the business running.

He said: “We have got a fairly good base of loyal customers but it is about what people are spending.

“We lost the bank next door and the thing with losing Morrisons as well is it brings people into the town.

“We have seen the decline in footfall and really our profit margin because of the price of meat going up.

“I know everybody cares about deliveries but it can’t be done all the time.

“I think a few other butchers are struggling and we are surrounded by a lot of supermarkets.

“It is a shame but when it starts impacting on your living then what can you do? It is a real shame.”

Although the shop’s final trading day will be March 3 it will remain open until March 9 while equipment and stock is removed.


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