Midhurst butcher diversifies to gain trade

C111185-1 Mid Food  photo Louise Adams''Jason Jacobs who is offering good value at the new Jefferson's Unusal Food Company in West Street.
C111185-1 Mid Food photo Louise Adams''Jason Jacobs who is offering good value at the new Jefferson's Unusal Food Company in West Street.

BUTCHER’S shop owner Stuart Blackmun saw a gap looming in the trading market in Midhurst with the closure of the cut-price Unusual Food Company, and he has dived straight in to fill it.

Jeffersons, his butchery in West Street, has been changed around inside to also accommodate shelves of tinned food, biscuits, cookery ingredients, tea, coffee, cheeses and household items, all bought from the same suppliers and selling at similar prices as Ian Palmer’s Unusual Food Company.

It closed in North Street last month with Mr Palmer’s retirement and Mr Blackmun decided to step into the breach.

He said: “I felt there was definitely going to be a gap and before we had a mass exodus of people going to £1 shops in other places, I wanted to do something about it.

“It will be good for West Street if it brings more trade to this end of the town. I got Ian to show me the ropes and one of his staff, Audrey Watkin, is now working here.”