As Sudbury butchers closes owner warns of plight of the high street

John Sawyer, owner of JBS Family Butchers in Sudbury has had to admit defeat and close the shop. ANL-150307-144352001
John Sawyer, owner of JBS Family Butchers in Sudbury has had to admit defeat and close the shop. ANL-150307-144352001

A butcher who has been forced to shut up shop has warned that as demand falls others will follow unless rates and rents are reduced.

John Sawyer was forced to admit defeat last week, and he will reluctantly close his shop, JBS Family Butchers, in the Borehamgate Precinct, Sudbury, tomorrow (July 4).

Having been in the town for five years, Mr Sawyer said business had dropped dramatically since January - causing the company to lose money on a weekly basis.

“There’s not enough trade. We have been losing £300 a week since Christmas,” he said.

“Last year I didn’t earn but I didn’t lose. I will state I don’t want to close but I’m between a rock and a hard place. There’s no indication that it’s turning for the better.”

Mr Sawyer said he was at a loss to the cause of the sudden drop in trade but suggested increasing competition both online and in out of town retail parks was severely damaging British High Streets, warning there would be more to fall victim to the problem in Sudbury.

“A lot of people in the town are in trouble. Since I put the [closing down] sign up lots of business owners have spoken to us and told us that they are also in trouble.”

See the full story in the Free Press (July 9 edition)