Colburn butchers shop announces closure

Premier Meats in Colburn.

Premier Meats has announced the closure of its Colburn store, blaming staffing shortages for the decision.

The company still plans to sell meat from its mobile shop once a week.

However, the firm said the store had now shut, telling customers a 300 per cent increase in energy costs was also a factor.

A spokesperson said: “Due to a current lack of local staffing capabilities and the ever-increasing costs of relocating our Newcastle crew to Catterick daily, we are making changes to the hours and method of service at our Colburn store.

“For the rest of this year, we will be making a huge team effort with our market crew to bring our huge auction wagon down to Colburn every Thursday to host a big sale on-site in the car park.

“This way we can help to keep stock as fresh as humanly possible to give you the best quality and the best deals which our market operation has built a massive reputation for.”

The store opened in 2016 after buying and converting the former Colburn Lodge pub.

Owner Mark Whittaker open the company’s first store after success running market stalls, including on the now-closed Catterick Sunday Market at the racecourse.

The van will be parked in the store car park on Thursdays from 10am to 3pm.