A family butcher in Newport has announced its "very hard and sad decision" to close after more than 30 years in business.

Tony & Sons Butchers in Malpas was run by Pam Snelgrove and most recently operated as a mobile butcher at the Malpas Unionist Club on Fridays and Saturdays.

In an online post on Thursday, Ms Snelgrove said the decision was due to "ongoing mechanical issues" with its current van, as well as increased competition from supermarkets and the rising costs of running the business.

"This has been a very hard and sad decision to make. But we have decided to close the business, so will no longer be trading at the Malpas unionist," she said.

"This is due to ongoing mechanical issues with the van leading to a new van being required that I simply cannot afford, along with the increasing licencing fees, increasing price of meat and the general day to day running cost of the van."

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Ms Snelgrove said closing after more than 30 years in the meat industry "has not been an easy decision to make" but that trade had been declining as Wales emerged from lockdown.

She said the increase in customers shopping in big supermarkets and retails parks rather than from local independent traders had been a major factor in deciding to call time on the business.

"Business was getting quieter, with a lot of customers returning to the convenience of shopping under one roof at the supermarket.

"I understand the convenience of this; however, it does not help the smaller independent retailer, like myself, survive. This doesn’t just apply to butchery but also the likes of your local green grocers, bakers, clothes stores and even your local corner shop. We all need your support, not just during a pandemic or at Christmas, but all year round."

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Speaking to WalesOnline, Ms Snelgrove said that as long as supermarkets and retail parks continued to be approved by local councils, "the already declining high street and local independent retail businesses will continue to close."

Ms Snelgrove thanked the Malpas Unionist Club "for allowing us to trade on their premises from day one, when my late partner Tony first started the mobile business after many years as the local butcher in Malpas and Bettws (F C Meats). We would also like to thank them for allowing us to continue the business on their premises in memory of Tony after he sadly passed away.

"Thank you to my suppliers for supplying us with great quality meat over the years that helped us gain a great reputation.

"Lastly, we would like to thank all the amazing loyal customers who supported us every week for many, many years." she added.