Well known Barnstaple business shuts its doors after 62 years

Butchers Row in Barnstaple.Butchers Row in Barnstaple.

Grattons Butchers has closed its doors in Barnstaple iconic Butchers Row after more than six decades.

A sign has been stuck to the window of the empty premises saying ‘Use it or lose it. Oops. Lost it’, but the family told the Gazette while they did not wish to comment, the sign was nothing to do with them.

The business has been a feature of Butchers Row since Andrew’s grandfather opened the shop in 1954.

Market trader Liz Wakley posted on the Barnstaple Pannier Market Traders Facebook page: “It is awful to see a local longstanding business just disappear in a few weeks.

“If people only realised the amount of work that goes into running your own business so that society has a choice of goods, not just the uniform and repetitive selection that supermarkets churn out week after week.

“Perhaps then they would support the markets, small independent businesses and even the town centre, instead of driving to an edge of town supermarket or business park.”

She told the Gazette: “Other family businesses and indeed the pannier market are in danger of closing if locals don’t support us.”

It leaves Berry’s Butchers as the last butchers shop in the row.