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Shock closure of long-standing Burnley market hall trader
A LONG-STANDING Burnley market stall has ceased trading.
Hartley’s, a butchers which also sold cooked meats, biscuits and cheese, was closed without notice on Saturday afternoon.
Burnley Council said it was not responsible for the closure, which shocked staff, customers and fellow traders.
Hartley’s, which occupied units 98, 99, 116 and 117 of the Curzon Street market hall, was sold by its parent company, Hartley’s Farm Foods, to The Hyram Group Ltd in 2009.
Nobody from the Oldham-based Hyram Group could be contacted for comment yesterday.
Colin Hill, Burnley Council’s head of facilities management said: “It is always sad to see such a previously long-standing business having to make the decision to close and it was certainly without any prior warning to us.
“Trading times in the market continue to be difficult and whilst we have recently seen the successful sale of existing food businesses into new owners’ hands, and new businesses also open, this serves as a warning that retail generally still remains a challenging sector to work in.
“As always support of the public is key to ensuring that market trading business remains viable.”
The council said it understood that the Hyram Group had been advised by its accountants to stop trading following a fall-off in business.
One customer, Joan Reid, said: “Some people turned up at around 3pm and just closed the stall down, everyone was upset and it was terrible to see how it happened.
“Other stallholders were upset watching it as well as customers. Why could they not have given the staff more notice?”
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