Popular butcher’s goes under the hammer as Roy hangs up overalls

IT'S the end of an era for butcher Roy McKenna.
IT'S the end of an era for butcher Roy McKenna.
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IT’S the end of an era for butcher Roy McKenna - who has chopped, minced and filleted for 22 years and is now putting his shop up for sale.

Roy started working at the Bridge Farm Shop on Montrose Road, Carterknowle, Sheffield, as a teenager, learning the trade from its previous owner and his older brother.

When the owner decided to sell the shop, Roy snapped it up for just £20,000.

The traditional business has been a popular landmark in the area ever since, servicing a roaring trade for quality cuts of meat and eggs.

Now, aged 57, father-of-two Roy is looking forward to retirement The shop is to be auctioned at the next Blundells Auction House sale at Sheffield Park Hotel from 2pm on Tuesday, July 12.

He said: “This has always been a great job.

“I’ve learnt a trade through experience and I’ve had some fantastic regular customers over the years that we have seen week in week out.

“I’ve even seen their children grow up.

“I really feel that I’ve been at the heart of the community in which everyone has been so friendly.

“The atmosphere and camaraderie between the customers is what I will miss the most, but it has become an increasingly competitive market for independent retailers and I have decided to retire and move on to something new.”

The shop - lot 18 in the auction - has a guide price of £50,000 to £70,000 and will be sold as an empty unit.

The lot includes cold stores and larders, and there is communal street parking at the front and back of the store.

Lucy Crapper, senior auctioneer at Blundells Auction House, said: “This is a rare opportunity for someone to acquire exceptional premises in a popular Sheffield suburb.

“The unit is situated next to a greengrocer’s and a newsagent’s and could easily be converted into a shop or takeaway, subject to planning consent.”

The Bridge Farm Shop is one of 19 properties going under the hammer at the July action.

Other interesting lots include land at Hawthorn Road, Hillsborough, which has a guide price of £35,000-plus.

The former Oak Tree public house on Oak Road, Wath-Upon-Dearne is also expected to generate more than £100,000.