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Family excited over new beginning for farm shop.

Byline: SUSIE BEEVER susie.beever@reachplc.com @SUSIEMAYJOURNO

EIGHT years after it was destroyed in a devastating fire, Britain's oldest farm shop is preparing to rise from the ashes.

Work is set to start in just a few days to rebuild Hinchliffe's Farm Shop at Netherton, in a multi-million pound project that will also see the comeback of the state-of-the-art restaurant.

The family business expects to reopen next summer, which coincides with its 90th birthday.

Hinchliffe's was thought to be the first farm shop in Britain, originally opening in 1929 and developed in the early 1970s.

It's something been working for a number and we can't get Simon The family were devastated when a fire ripped through the shop, destroying the business in July 2010.

Current partner and fourth generation family member Simon Hirst said: "We are incredibly excited to embark upon the new build.

"It's something we have been working towards for a number of years and we can't wait to get started.

"The fire initially left us emotionally and physically broken. To see everything you have worked for burn to the ground is utterly heartbreaking.

"But our business, which still has its feet firmly cemented in the farming industry, spans across five generations and we were determined to come back from the ashes and bring our shop and restaurant back to its former glory."

The oldest member of the Hinchliffe family, 94-year-old Charlie Hinchliffe, can still be seen pottering around the farm.

Charlie's father Allen founded the business with wife Betsy in 1929.

we have towards of years can't wait to started Since the fire, the shop has operated through a temporary structure and the family have been planning to rebuild, but due to various reasons the project has been delayed. Simon added: "We cannot thank our incredible 50-strong team of staff, some of which have been with us for over four decades, and our tremendously loyal customers, enough for their support and patience over the last eight years.

Hirst "They really have kept us going through this very difficult and testing time.

"It's now our turn to repay them in the form of a fantastic new building that will hopefully more than make up for all the years they have had to shop or work in our temporary building, which has sometimes proved a little challenging when the weather has been extreme!

"It's the start of new beginnings that I feel confident will carry us many years into the future and be passed down through many more generations of the Hinchliffe family."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 27, 2018
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