Butcher David Jenkins moving to new shop after 82 years on Scunthorpe Market
Butcher Willie Smith and shop manager Josh Miller at work in the new David Jenkins premises in Scunthorpe (Image: David Haber/Scunthorpe Live)
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 15 Mar 2019
A well-known Scunthorpe butcher is bringing an end to its 82-year association with Scunthorpe Market as it moves to a new shop.
David Jenkins Meats has held its own stall on the market since 1936 but decided against relocating to the new St John's Market, which is due to open next week.
Bosses at the business say North Lincolnshire Council could not offer what they needed to run their stall efficiently when the market moves to the new facility.
And they say moving to the new market would have meant having to pay double the rent costs for a similar sized stall, but no cutting rooms.
Instead, the business has taken over the Crawshaw's factory outlet unit on Warren Road and its last day at Scunthorpe Market will be Tuesday, March 19.
The shop's general manager, Josh Miller, said staff were sad to be leaving the Market Hill site.
David Jenkins butchers is relocating from Scunthorpe Market to the former Crawshaw's premises on Warren Road (Image: David Haber/Scunthorpe Live)
He said: "It is beyond devastating to be honest.
"David Jenkins butchers has been a staple of the Scunthorpe Market ever since it first opened in 1936.
"It's not good to be leaving - March 19 will be a sad day."
The date also holds extra importance to owner David Jenkins, as it is the date his father, also called David, sadly died.
Josh said: "David has said before, it isn't like we were ever looking to move away from the site, it's something we have had to do."
David Jenkins Meats employs 20 people whose jobs could have been at risk had they not been able to find a new site.
But it has now moved into the new premises.
Butcher David Jenkins, pictured at Scunthorpe Market with the town's MP Nic Dakin (Image: Scunthorpe Live)
Crawshaw's, which had 54 shops across the north of England, went into administration in October and immediately closed 35 mostly high street-based stores.
However, out-of-town factory stores such as the one in Scunthorpe escaped closure as the administrator searched for a buyer for the company.
David Jenkins has now taken over the Scunthorpe unit and Josh said while the business was disappointed to be leaving the market, staff looked forward to the future at their new store.
He said: "We're excited to be moving into the new store - we're very excited for the future.
"It's been so far so good, we've had positive feedback and we're ready for another busy weekend."
The new St John's Market is to open on Friday, March 22 after a £4 million transformation of the former BHS store in The Parishes shopping centre.
A list of traders who will be in the new market was released by North Lincolnshire Council last week, while other businesses have had their say on why they will not be moving to the new facility.
For more information on David Jenkins butchers, you can visit their Facebook page.