Shock as Grimsby's best-known butcher closes down

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 20 Oct 2017

Grimsby's best-known butcher John Pettit & Sons has closed down.

Customers found the shop on Bethlehem Street shut up this morning and it is understood staff were informed last night the business was to cease trading.

And today a statement from the insolvency firm acting on behalf of the business confirmed the closure "with immediate effect". It is thought around a dozen staff have lost their jobs.

It said company managing director Andy Johnson wanted to thank "many loyal staff and customers for their support", having taken over from John Pettit 10 years ago. 

The Grimsby office of Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions said: “The directors of John Pettit & Sons Ltd regret to confirm that the company has ceased trading with immediate effect.

“The company which ran butchers’ shops in Grimsby and, until recently, Cleethorpes for many years and also supplied meat and sausages to the catering trade over a wider area has engaged Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions of Grimsby and will be wound up."

Kingsbridge said the closure followed the loss of catering trade contracts. The business was a well known supplier to restaurants and local companies as well as to the general public.

The statement said: "The company has recently lost significant contracts to supply the catering trade from which it has been unable to recover.

“Andy Johnson, managing director, thanked the company’s many loyal staff and customers, past and present for their support.”

Earlier this month Pettit confirmed the closure of its branch in Cleethorpes saying it would focus its business on its town centre premises.

Insolvency and recovery specialist Kingsbridge said enquiries can be addressed to Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions on 01472 344433 or by email to

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