A CHAIN of butchers which is based in Hellaby has been saved after it was bought for £1.4 million.
Crawshaw's Butchers has been bought by a group headed up by businessman Mr Thomas Cribbin.
The deal has saved 240 jobs at the chain’s remaining 19 stores, as well as its head office and warehouse in Hellaby.
Crawshaw's closed 35 stores and made 354 people redundant in October when it went into administration, citing insufficient cash resources.
Among the stores to close was the Howard Street branch in Rotherham town centre, where seven people lost their jobs.
A total of 25 people lost their jobs at the head office and warehouse in Hellaby — 11 in the head office and 14 in production.
Crawshaw’s factory outlet at Spar, on Manvers Way, Wath, which opened on October 12, remained open.
After going into administration, Crawshaw's began searching for a buyer to save its remaining 19 stores and its depot at Hellaby.
In a statement today (Monday), Crawshaw's said that it had received more than 50 expressions of interest in parts or all of the business.
Mr Cribbin, whose company Loughanure bought the firm on Saturday, previously operated a chain of butchers in the Republic of Ireland.
Crawshaw's said it expected its listing on the junior London Stock Exchange, AIM, to be cancelled on Wednesday.
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