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EAST’S END: Butcher bids farewell to Abbots Langley community after 50 years

 Published on: 5th September 2022   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A butcher which has stood in Abbots Langley for 50 years closed its doors last month bidding farewell to residents.

Simon East Butchers, located on the High Street, was first opened by Mick Mills in 1972 before it was passed on to Simon East and then taken over by current owner Russell Hansard in 2019.

The butcher has remained a family-run business throughout its history, with Simon’s daughter Courtney Stanley working in the shop since 2004, watching the business grow over the years.

Over the years the butcher has always been involved in the village community, including previously celebrating National Sausage Week by offering residents free tastings of various sausage combinations.

Closing on Saturday, August 27, Russell spoke to AbbotsNews about the reasons behind the closure stating that since the pandemic shopping habits have changed and keeping the shop open is no longer sustainable.

Speaking before the closure, he said: “It will be a sad day, we would of course like to stay open and keep a butcher in the village, but it’s been hard to keep the business going.

“I’m working 80 hours a week alongside my wife and niece, it’s not sustainable to do that every week.”

Russell added despite many villagers choosing to shop on the High Street overall shopping habits and the current cost-of-living crisis which has seen bills skyrocket have affected the business.

He said: “I know people would like to see a butcher, greengrocers, etc in the village but times have moved on, people’s shopping habits have changed.”

The team at the butchers also wanted to thank the community for all their support over the years, with some customers supporting the store since its inception.

Courtney said: “The support from the community has been great. There’s a woman from when my dad first ran the shop that still comes in.”

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