To say it was a shock to discover E.A. Bird & Sons Ltd had closed its doors this week would be a massive understatement.
It is difficult to think of a better known or more loved business in Worksop than the butcher and sandwich shop, which has been trading in the town more than 100 years.
Like countless folk in homes and offices across Worksop this week, Guardian staff are already missing Bird’s cobs and sausage rolls - which always seemed to taste that bit better than anyone else’s.
It was so difficult to believe news of the closure because the business always appeared to be busy with shoppers - both buying meat from the butcher’s and choosing fillings for their lunchtime sandwich.
But the family company’s statement released to us this week made it clear that they were ‘unable to compete with larger companies, and the ever changing high street’.
It is a sad sign of the times that a family company charging reasonable prices for excellent products can no longer sustain itself in our town.
Over recent years we have seen several other similar firms go out of business - leaving the town’s shopping experience lacking varietyEditor’s comment
Over recent years we have seen several other similar firms go out of business - leaving the town’s shopping experience lacking variety.
Bird’s also thanked ‘staff, suppliers and customers past and present for their loyal and valuable support over the years’.
And it is of course Bird’s workforce - believed to number eight in Worksop and many more across Notts - that will be hit hardest by the closure.
I, for one, always found them to be polite and cheerful, and like people across the town I will miss visiting their excellent shop for a sandwich. If you have memories of Bird’s to share please write to me for our letters’ page.