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About The Family Butchers

The Family Butchers is a merge of two meat manufacturers based in Germany, H. Kemper GmbH & Co. KG and H. & E. Reinert Westfalische Privat-Fleischerei GmbH.

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'Too many obstacles': Butchers' emotional message at sudden closure as market operator responds

May 3, 2022

'Too many obstacles': Butchers' emotional message at sudden closure as market operator responds "We will miss you all and we are so very sorry to disappoint you," Fenwick's Family Butchers told their customers Get the latest news from Darlington direct to your inbox with our free email newsletter Something went wrong, please try again later.Invalid Email Subscribe We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Thank you for subscribing!We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice A family-run butchers which had been trading in Darlington's indoor market for over three decades announced its sudden closure as they face "too many obstacles to carry on". Fenwick's Family Butchers issued an emotional final farewell as owners Nick and Clare Fenwick revealed their sadness at the immediate closure. The family business opened in the Indoor Market and a small shop on North Road in 1988 and was founded by Ray and Maureen Fenwick. It was their sons Nick and Nigel who went on to qualify as master butchers and took on the family business - with Nick and wife Clare most recently at the helm. But the couple announced "with great sadness" that they were to close their beloved family business with immediate effect on April 29. In an emotional farewell post, Nick and Clare said: "After 34 years trading in the Indoor market, we are now facing just too many obstacles to carry on. Issues regarding our lease with the market management, declining footfall of the high street and the indoor market, increasing running costs, and our personal need to rebalance our work/family life have led us to this sad decision. "We thank all our loyal customers throughout the years - those who visit us regularly in the indoor market and those who used our online shop and home delivery service. We will miss you all and we are so very sorry to disappoint you. "We are deeply sorry to say goodbye to our wonderful staff - some staff have been with us from our humble beginnings. We thank them for their hard work, loyalty and for being such great characters to work with. What 34 years we’ve had! "To our fellow traders in the indoor market – who have been on the same journey as us - from the buzzing trading days of the market years ago, right through to the recent re-development of the market, we will miss you and wish you all the success for your future." It comes as a number of traders have closed or moved out of the market in recent months. Il Cappuccino and Mulholland & Son family butchers were among the longstanding traders which left the market last year. A huge renovation project is ongoing at the market with the first phase, a street food dining area, now open to the public. Following the closure of another trader, Richard Gibbons the estates manager for Market Asset Management, which operates the market, has responded. Mr Gibbons said: "After working with Fenwicks for some time, which involved significant changes to our Phase 1 redevelopment plans to allow them to stay in their trading position; a new lease was offered to enable Fenwicks to continue trading at Darlington Market. Unfortunately Fenwicks have decided not to continue trading with us, and we are sad to see them go. “Since the redevelopment of the Market Hall to incorporate street food businesses and a bar, the venue has seen an increase in footfall, which all businesses have benefited from. In addition, Darlington Council have worked closely with businesses within the Market Hall to access non-repayable grant support to invest in their businesses." READ NEXT:

The Family Butchers Acquisitions

2 Acquisitions

The Family Butchers acquired 2 companies. Their latest acquisition was Kemper on October 03, 2019.

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