House of Fraser in Birmingham is to close its troubled butcher section after more than 120 years’ trading.
The loss-making section, once seen as one of the city’s premier outlets for quality meats, is set to close by the end of the month.
Well-heeled customers once made a weekly pilgrimage to the former Rackhams for their beef fillet, pork loin and poultry.
If The Good Life’s Margot Leadbetter had lived in Edgbaston rather than Surbiton she would have got hen-pecked husband Jerry to drop her off on a Saturday so she could pick up the ingredients for an exotic Steak Diane.
But the business has suffered in recent years in the face of competition from upmarket chain stores such as Waitrose and Marks & Spencer, which all have dedicated butchery counters.
TV farmer Jimmy Doherty tried to make a go of the House of Fraser concession two years ago but even his “celebrity” image does not appear to have been enough to save the counter.
It is understood that several members of staff face losing their jobs.
In a statement to the Birmingham Post, House of Fraser confirmed the food hall was being revamped as part of a cost-cutting exercise.
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