Town trade hit by ‘worst day in five years’

John Sawyer, owner of JBS family butchers ANL-150707-153748009

John Sawyer, owner of JBS family butchers ANL-150707-153748009

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A butcher who returned to Sudbury last week said he had not seen a rise in trade, with other business owners complaining of their worst day in years.

John Sawyer and his partner returned to reopen JBS Family Butchers in the Borehamgate Precinct on Thursday, having closed in July citing a lack of trade costing him up to £300-a-week.

On Tuesday Mr Sawyer told the Free Press “It isn’t exactly buzzing.

“Two shops have come to me saying they had there worst day in five years yesterday.”

The 55-year-old questioned whether the poor weather had impacted on the poor day’s trading.

With the sun shining, the traditional butchers reopened on market day on Thursday, with a series of promotional offers put on to celebrate.

Mr Sawyer said Thursday and Friday had been “okay”, but said Saturday had been quiet.

He added: “Maybe people don’t know were are back yet? It could take a few weeks.”

Still hopeful that business will pick up Mr Sawyer has a breaker in his lease allowing him to leave in May, but he is adamant he wants to stay if he can.

The couple added that it had been wonderful to hear from so many well-wishes and returning customers.