Shoppers have bid farewell to a beloved business as Accrington Market moves ahead with a major redevelopment plan costing millions
LancsLive has previously reported how Hyndburn Borough Council are transforming the old market into a more up-to-date facility under an £11m project. However, the redevelopment involves moving stalls outside for 18 months whilst work is conducted inside.
Greg’s Bacon and Cooked Meats Stall is the latest in a line of stalls that have decided to close their doors for the final time in the wake of the news. Announcing on social media, the business wrote at the start of November: “It is with great sadness that we have to inform you all of our recent news, our stall will be closing down on the 25th November 2023.
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“We’d like to thank all of our customers who have shopped with us over the many years, it has been a pleasure serving you all and you will all be greatly missed. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Greg and the team.”
Then, on November 25 the stall closed for the final time much to the sadness of many locals who have been used to the business in the famous market for a number of years. A video was posted to their social media of Greg closing the shutters for the last time, with the post reading: “And that’s a wrap. Today Greg has pulled the shutters for the final time. We can’t thank all of our customers enough for the custom, laughter and most of all the friendships that have been built over the years.
“We will hold on to our cherished memories made with you all. From the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU!! And love to all. Greg and the team.”
Reacting to the news, many customers have expressed their sadness over the closure, calling it the “end of an era.” One social media user commented: “A sad day and end an era. I had a Saturday job at Len’s in the 70’s . Thank you and good luck to you all.”
Another wrote: “So sad .. memories of going to Greg’s on a Tuesday afternoon with my grandma for her pressed beef .. still love it on a sandwich now. Best wishes and hope lots of good luck comes your way in the future. Will be Sadly missed by all of us X.”
A third also reflected on their memories of the stall, writing: “Best of luck Greg and family. So many good memories of you and all your lovely employees over the years. You’ve been loyal to the market and your customers will miss you so much. Good luck to all the ladies who worked for you wishing you all the best x.”
Earlier this month, a council spokesperson told LancsLive that project teams are based within the market and have been working with traders to discuss future plans. They said that will some have decided to move on and received support to find new premises in the town centre, the majority have chosen to remain in the temporary market.
That will be set up in the town square in January and due to remain in place until Spring 2025. The council says traders will be “provided with high-end bespoke made cabins” and will have more flexibility with opening times in the new location.
A spokesperson for Hyndburn Council said: “We are looking forward to launching this new market location in the new year and sharing a new planned events programme for Accrington. We know the local community, who also highly value our independent businesses, will come to shop support them all. There have been a number of market traders who have recently made the decision to retire or scale back their business during this process, we have supported them during this and Hyndburn Council wish them all the best for the future.”
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