July 26, 2009
last High Street butcher's shop to close
last remaining High Street butcher's shop looks set to close later
To Let' boards have been erected outside Palmers this week and
shop manager Mike Gould (pictured below) confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com
that competition from local supermarkets has proved too much for
from Morrisons, other local supermarkets and Burnham's regular
farmers markets have meant our trade has declined in recent years,"
said Mr Gould.
face growing costs, with high business rates and overheads, that
make it very difficult for shops like us to make ends meet."
opened on Burnham High Street in 1981 and originally thrived for
many years, but Mr Gould says changing shopping patterns have
don't spend time choosing the best products by buying their groceries
from different specialist shops like they used to."
go for the convenience of buying everything in one go at a supermarket,
which means small independent shops are suffering."
Gould added that the lease of the High Street store "is under
negotiation" but that he "fully intends" to close
the shop later in the year.