Thousands of pounds of bakery equipment goes on auction following closure of John Turners butchers

John Turners butchers

Thousands of pounds of bakery equipment goes on auction following closure of John Turners butchers

Thousands of pounds of bakery machinery and equipment has gone on auction after the well-known butchers John Turners went into liquidation in June.

John Turner Butcher Baker Sandwich Maker Limited operated its iconic shop on St Peters’ Avenue and a bakery factory on the Wilton Industrial State for many years before it shut up shop two months ago.

Now, the shop business has been sold to a new operator and will re-open shortly – but industrial auctioneers Eddisons CJM have been instructed to sell off the machinery and equipment at the bakery unit and its associated offices.

The equipment went under the hammer in an online auction on Tuesday 17 August.

Prior to the auction, Eddisons CJM director Paul Cooper said: “The bakery provided the bread, cakes, pies and sandwiches that were sold not only in Turner’s own St Peters Avenue shop but also in many other outlets in the area. It was a sizeable and extensively equipped operation.

“The auction extends to over 200 lots of commercial quality equipment including everything from five-deck ovens and the bakery’s ten burner cooking range, through dozens of prep tables, work benches and bakery racks to one of the machines that was used to create Turner’s famous Lincolnshire sausages.

“The auction also has the bakery’s three delivery vehicles including its refrigerated Mercedes Sprinter van.”

Mr Cooper added: “It does come as a shock when a well-regarded shop closes its doors and disappears overnight but John Turner is just the latest in a long line of similar firms that have been struggling to stay afloat – and that was even before the pandemic struck.

“We handled the auction that followed the closure of John Pettit & Sons, the famous Grimsby butcher that went under in 2017 after 125 years in business.”

“And these closures are happening all over the country. We have just this week handled the auction of the assets of Burbush of Penrith, the award-winning Cumbrian pie maker.”

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