Butcher forced to close shop for day because they are TOO BUSY in wake of Pettit's closure

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 22 Dec 2017

A Scartho butchers has had to close its shop for the day after being inundated with Christmas orders this year.

Brown's Family Butchers, Louth Road, have said that they are dealing with at least double the number of Christmas orders this year in the wake of the closure of Pettit's Butchers on Bethlehem Street.

In order to ensure that they provide their customers with the highest quality produce for "the most important meal of the year" they have closed their shop for the day, so that their staff can make the final checks on orders without having to be sidetracked by the day to day running of the shop.

The store will be open again from 7am to 6pm today, and will be opening later on Saturday until 4pm.

As many of their customers have been given specific days for their orders to be collected, with one of those days being today, they are wanting to assure customers that they can still collect their orders if they come to the shop and call them to let them know that you are there.

Graham Brown of Brown's Family Butchers

Graham Brown of Brown's Family Butchers said: "It has just been absolutely mad this Christmas.

"We have got at least double the amount of orders this year, and we just can't cope with it all if we keep the shop open today, we need to focus our time on ensuring that everything is correct and to the highest standard for our customers because this is the most important meal of the year.

"It really is a good thing that we are so busy but it has got to the point that even with extra help our staff are a bit over stretched, and we have to think about what is most important to our customers at this time of year.

"In the past few days I have barely left the shop, arriving at 4am everyday to start working on the nearly 500 orders that we have to take care of.

Pettit & Sons family butchers, in Bethlehem Street, Grimsby, after its sudden closure (Image: Rick Byrne)

"The closure of Pettit's has probably been a factor in the surge of numbers, but I am also sure that word of mouth is spreading, over the last few weeks we have had many new customers come in on recommendations which is just brilliant.

"I would like to reassure customers that have been given today to collect their orders that they can still do so even though the store is closed, if they arrive and give us a phone call we will let them in.

"We will be open again from 7am today and I would like to thank customers for their understanding."

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