The sad end of John Pettit's butcher as auction to sell what's left - even jars of chutney

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 27 Nov 2017

Hundreds of items salvaged from the former Grimsby butcher John Pettit & Sons Ltd are due to be sold off at auction this week.

Bidding is already underway for the vast haul seized from the iconic Bethlehem Street shop, including sausage fillers, jars of chutney and a deep fat fryer.

The combined value of the lots is estimated to be between £20,000 and £25,000.

The auction comes after the long-established butcher suddenly closed on October 19 following a proud 125 years of trading in the town.

The sum of the items up for sale is estimated to cost in the region of £20,000 and £25,000 (Image: CJM Asset Management)

Paul Cooper, operations director at auctioneers CJM Asset Management, said he expects all of the items to sell.

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"We have had a lot of enquiries. It's good equipment and it's of good quality because some of it isn't that old," he said.

"This type of auction is unusual in our area. I can't recall doing an auction for a butcher shop in Lincolnshire before.

John Pettit butchers, in Bethlehem Street, Grimsby, which has closed down after 125-years (Image: Rick Byrne)

"It's always unusual when a retail shop that's been in the area for such a long time ceases trading."

Among the items up for auction include a Handtmann VF80 sausage filler, ham stands and even a 1.5 tonne forklift truck.

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Meat hooks, several butchers knives and tubs of spices are also up for grabs.

A special viewing will take place at the old John Pettit's & Sons premises on November 29 from 10am until 4pm. No appointments are necessary.

A cabinet of chutney jars from John Pettit & Sons Ltd, which are up for auction (Image: CJM Asset Management)

Kingsbridge Corporate Solutions, who were appointed liquidators following the shock closure, instructed CJM Asset Management online auction sale of the butchery equipment, which ends at noon on Thursday, November 30.

A list of the items on sale include:

  • Handtmann VF80 sausage filler
  • 2016 Mainca EM30 sausage filler
  • 2010 Thompson Type 3000 mincer grinder
  • 2014 AMB VM30 mincer
  • Henkelman Polar vacuum packer
  • Henkelman Falcon 52 vacuum packer
  • Shop display counters and cabinet
  • Lainox and europa ovens, deep fat fryer, hunt floor standing mixer, stainless steel tables
  • OM Pimespro XE 1.5 tonne electric forklift truck
  • Weigh platform with carcase gibbet
  • Packing machinery and a quality of packaging

A quantity of butchers knives used at the 125-year-old establishment are also available (Image: CJM Asset Management)

A name synonymous with shopping in the town centre, ‘Pettits’ blamed the loss of catering contracts from which it was unable to recover.

READ MORE: 'Uncertain' whether John Pettit customers will get their money back as liquidator winds up historic butcher

A dozen jobs were lost, with customers also left reeling at the closure, particularly those paying into the annual Christmas saving scheme.

Four generations of the Pettit family had served hundreds of thousands of people from the Bethlehem Street base, which is understood to be leased to the company.

A special public viewing will take place at the butcher shop next week (Image: CJM Asset Management)

It had won countless awards, including seven Great Taste accolades, and was shifting three tonnes of sausages a week in its heyday.

To view a full list of the items or to place a bid, click here.

If you would like any more information about the auction sale, visit the CJM Asset Management website here.

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