It has been hard for me to write this letter. It is with a very heavy heart and a lot of deliberation that I have made the decision to close the doors of Sweetland’s Butchers for the last time on 16th Of October. It has not been an easy decision to make, my father John Sweetland started and built up a wonderful business from 1952 and has traded at the same premises for 69 years. John Sweetland deservedly retired in the mid-eighties. Dean my brother and I ran the business from then to 1994, since then I have run it on my own with help from Dean every Christmas. As you may imagine, I have thought long and hard about this decision and discussed this openly with my staff. I cannot tell you how much I have appreciated the loyalty of the irreplaceable lads and ladies I have worked and laughed alongside over my 48 years here, I thank all of you immensely. As for the customers, we have had so many loyal people and families from different generations come through our doors over the years, joining in all the laughs and banter that bounce from wall to wall, fantastic times I will never forget. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has made Sweetland’s Butchers the success it has been over the years, it has been a family business in more ways than one because of the wonderful staff and all the wonderful loyal customers who have used us over many decades and who have helped make this a very happy place to work. As I have said this decision has not been taken lightly, I would to thank each and every one of you.
To all our lovely customers after a couple of crazy weeks we are back to these opening hours any changes we will let you know as soon as we can. Stay safe everyone looking forward to seeing you all.
MONDAY: 8.30AM – 4PM
TUESDAY: 8AM – 1PM
WEDNESDAY: 8AM – 4PM
FRIDAY: 8AM – 4PM
SATURDAY: 8AM – 1PM
The building at 10 Stortford has been an established butchers since around the turn of the 20th century but the buildings origins go back, in part, to the 17th century when it was thought to have been a coaching inn.
Mr J G Sweetland bought the butcher’s shop at 10 Stortford Road, Great Dunmow from the Lucking brothers in December 1952.
I joined the business when I left school and, a few years later, so did my step brother, Dean. My father retired some years ago, at the age of 70, but still shows a great deal of interest in the business which he built up. Dean left in 1992 to pursue another career path but comes back to help us at busy time such as Christmas. Since that time, I have been running the business and in 2006 Sweetland’s became a limited company. Traditional service, traditional shop.