Darlington Market has announced that the historic butcher is closing after 34 years

Darlington Market has announced that the historic butcher is closing after 34 years

DEALERS were invited to open a market in the city center after the closure of the historic business.

Darlington Market is urging local merchants to move to a stall previously inhabited by Fenwick’s Family Butcher’s, which announced its closure in April after 34 years in the city.

Nick and Clare Fenwick said they made the decision “with great sadness”, but admitted that the key factors behind their closure were declining city center traffic, rising costs and rental problems.

Fenwick Butcher started trading in Darlington from the Indoor Market and the North Road store in 1988. They survived the Covid pandemic by branching out for home delivery, but a change in shopping habits was seen as a death knell for the business.

Read more: All traders who closed and left Darlington Market

A former butcher’s stall stands inside an empty market place. Image: The Northern Echo

In a statement posted on the now empty market stall, the owners said: “We are very sad to announce the closure of our beloved family business with immediate effect.

“After 34 years of trading in the Indoor Market, we now face too many obstacles to continue.

“The challenges of our rental with market management, declining traffic on the main street and the internal market, rising operating costs and our personal need to reconcile our work and family life have led us to this sad decision.”

It comes at a time when IL Cappuccino and family butchers from the Mulholland and Son family closed last fall, expanding the list of merchants who have left the site. In recent months, new snack stalls and events have appeared; however, customers complained about the departure of the market heritage.

Read more: Traders at Darlington Market are worried about the future

The Northern Echo: The closing announcement is still at the top of the empty market stall.  Image: The Northern EchoThe closure announcement is still on an empty market stall. Image: The Northern Echo

The facades of the stores and the units are currently being rebuilt, and as part of the second phase of the market renovation, facelifts of both the Clock Tower and the central entrance have taken place.

Market Asset Management, the site’s owner, hopes the investment will increase city traffic and support for the remaining booth owners, and is urging businesses interested in acquiring the former Fenwick site to respond.

“We have a number of options for potential traders, including butchers, and anyone interested in taking over the market should contact darlington@marketlettings.co.uk,” the spokesman said.

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