Butcher steps in to restore West Sussex family business

Money Posted 13/11/18
A West Sussex butchers, which was run by the Fry family for 100 years before closing its doors to the public in March 2018, has reopened after being given a lifeline by a former employee.

Darren Stone, who worked at the butchers for over 25 years, has used funding from NatWest to purchase the premises on Lingfield Road in East Grinstead, and after refurbishing the store has relaunched the business as Stone’s Family Butchers.

Founded in 1890, Fry’s Butchers prided itself on providing the highest quality, locally sourced meat at competitive prices and under the leadership of Darren will continue to do so under the Stone’s name. It will provide a range of butchery methods, producing homemade sausages, burgers, dry cured bacon and seasonal meats. Darren also plans to introduce a home delivery service.

He said: “I have worked at the butchers for 25 years and have been a part of its 100-year heritage, so I know how important the shop is to the community. There are no other butchers in the local area, which is why when we had to close in March I was keen to save the business. Thanks to NatWest, I have been able to secure its future and safe guard its history under the Stone’s Family Butchers brand. We look forward to welcoming old faces and new customers alike.”

Local finance broker Shon Williams at Snowdon Property Finance introduced Darren to Jayne King, NatWest Broker Development Manager and Jane Parker, NatWest Relationship Manager, to support the purchase of his first business.

Jane said: “With Darren’s unrivalled knowledge of the business and first-hand experience working in the shop, he is the perfect new owner for the butchers. We look forward to seeing him re-establish a lovely family business in this West Sussex community.”

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