Shop closure brings new ‘buy local’ plea

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 July 2018

Budleigh Salterton High Street. Ref exb 18-16SH 2918. Picture: Simon Horn.

Budleigh Salterton High Street. Ref exb 18-16SH 2918. Picture: Simon Horn.

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People in Budleigh Salterton have been urged to ’buy local’ following the closure of the town’s only butchers.

Gribbles, which took over the business from family-run A J Coles and Sons 12 months ago, has closed ‘without warning’ prompting concerns about the amount of town centre businesses calling it a day.

Business owner Mark Gribble, posting on social media, cited staffing issues as the reasons why they have decided to shut up shop.

The message comes at a time when a handful of the town’s High Street businesses are available for lease – although all are still trading and open for business.

Budleigh and District Chamber of Commerce chairman Mike Hilliar said there are also plenty of businesses opening up in the town and he urged people to choose Budleigh firms over internet alternatives.

He added: “Budleigh Salterton is a unique town with a thriving high street full of independent businesses and some brands.

“We are so lucky that we have so many independent shops compared to so many other towns and cities.

“Unfortunately, Gribbles the butchers has closed without warning and we as a chamber of commerce are disappointed with its closure.

“However, we understand that the landlady is working hard to find a solution.

“We are also glad to see that the Feathers pub is receiving a face lift, one which will bring it into the modern age and fit for purpose.

“Plans to open another restaurant/pub in the high street only show that there is a need for more places for people to eat and drink.

“We are also receiving three new shops at the top of the town, which includes a kitchen company, a beautician and an ice cream and desert shop.

“High streets across the country are suffering due to many factors, some of these are business rates, staff costs and general running costs.

“The only thing I can say to people is please continue to use the High Street.

“It may seem that things are cheaper on the internet but sometimes you can find the same things for a cheaper price from our retailers.”

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