Master Butchers Cranstons are expanding again, opening a new town centre Food Hall in Brampton. The 2000 square ft. Foodhall located in Brampton’s former HSBC bank will replace Cranstons existing traditional butcher’s shop on Brampton high street. The Food Hall will offer customers an enhanced range of Cranstons locally farmed fresh meat and delicatessen goods along with completely new food and drink ranges from a host of Cumbrian suppliers.
Managing Director Philip Cranston said, ‘We have been looking to expand our retail presence in Brampton for a number of years as our current shop is very compact. The new larger Food Hall format will bring Brampton customers a much bigger range in spacious modern surroundings. We are particularly excited that we will be able to offer a takeaway breakfast and lunch hot counter as this is much-loved by customers at our other shops.’
Postlethwaite construction are responsible for the £300,000 conversion of the former bank. It’s a challenging project - bullet proof glass and a strong room from the listed building’s former life as a bank have had to be removed and a rabbit warren of small rooms is currently being knocked into one continuous space. The building’s high ceilings and large windows will make for a light and spacious shopping experience.
The new Food Hall will employ a dozen butchers and sales assistants. The current Cranstons Brampton team is moving in its entirety to ensure Cranstons high standards of staff knowledge and customer care are maintained. In addition at least three full time jobs will be created. Mark Mallinson, who has managed the existing shop since 2011, will lead the team at the new Food Hall.
Mark said, ‘The new Food Hall will offer four times our current butchery range, three times our current delicatessen range and entirely new ranges of local produce, from Cumbrian Sticky Toffee Pudding and dairy ice cream to cooking sauces, preserves and chutneys, bread, cakes and biscuits. As a company Cranstons work with over 40 Cumbrian suppliers, so we are thrilled to be able to offer Brampton customers the chance to buy their produce as well as our own.
‘All being well we plan to open mid February. We will close the doors of the current shop on Saturday evening and open the new Food Hall on Monday morning so that our customers will experience minimal disruption.’
The new Food Hall will be open for longer, with customers able to shop between 7am and 6pm Monday to Saturday, and is also licensed to sell wine, locally bottled ales and spirits.