AN award-winning butcher’s shop has closed unexpectedly.
A. R. Jones Butchers in Bethel Street, Brighouse, was temporarily closed almost a month ago due to staffing problems and was always expected to reopen after a replacement butcher was found for the popular shop.
But it has since been revealed that the premises is now up for sale with Hanson Chartered Surveyors in Huddersfield for £85,000.
It has also come to light that butcher Andrew Jones has sold his shop at Marsh, Huddersfield. The premises is still trading under the same name but with a different owner.
Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said it was a shame that the shop had closed. “It is a big big loss. Mr Jones took over from Brayshaw’s and carried on with their fantastic reputation. People used to queue on a Saturday morning to get in there. It is just such a shame, as a regular user of the shop, that it has gone.
“It was such a successful local business that was not only supported in Brighouse but in Huddersfield too and to see it close is a shame. It has not closed because of particular financial problems but because of circumstances beyond their control which is the death of employee, David Cole, two years ago.
“Mr Jones was devastated by his death. It was run as a family business and he cared deeply about everyone who worked for him.”
Mr Cole was killed by an explosion at Andrew Jones Pies factory in Old Leeds Road, Huddersfield, on April 10, 2009. The 37-year-old from Salterhebble, Halifax, had previously worked in the Brighouse branch for four years.
No prosecution was made against Andrew Jones Pies due to insufficient evidence found by the Crown Prosecution Service.
In a statement issued at the time of Mr Cole’s inquest in November 2010, Mr Jones, who had worked with him for ten years, said: “The tragic factory accident and death of David Cole last year was a huge shock to everyone and one that will never ever be forgotten.
“David was a loyal colleague and friend and is sadly missed by everyone. We will always remember him in our thoughts and prayers and our condolences go to his family and friends.”
The factory also had to be rescued from collapse after running into financial trouble last year. A rescue deal was made and the company was newly formed as AJ Pies and Pastries Ltd, and would continue to at its new premises at Queen’s Mill Road, Huddersfield.
It still continues to trade today. Czerwiks in Commercial Street, Brighouse, has just started selling Andrew Jones’s pies.
Anyone who is interested in buying the premises in Bethel Street, Brighouse, should make an appointment to view the property by calling 01484 732043.