Butcher's shop closes

A firm of family butchers has closed a Black Country shop after more than three decades of business.

AE Poxon & Sons Ltd has closed its outlet in Park Street Arcade, Walsall, after 35 years - but the company told local papers it was business as usual at its branch in High Street, Brownhills.

The company, which celebrated its 80th anniversary last year, said it decided to close the town centre butchers after buying a second factory which will be used for sausage and black pudding manufacturing.

Directors Chris and Nick Poxon, grandsons of AE Poxon, said they wanted to concentrate on the manufacturing and wholesale sides of their thriving business.

Chris Poxon told the Express and Star: "Retail is a minuscule part of what we do. We are largely a wholesale outfit and supply an awful lot of independent butchers across the Midlands. You have to move with the times and we have decided to concentrate our energy elsewhere."

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