The popular staple of Stanley Square announces closure “with a heavy heart”

Sale Foodhall has announced that it will be closing in April after battling “unprecedented cost increases” for the past year.

The popular spot in Stanley Square announced today that it is no longer able to “keep the business moving forward sustainably”, and so will close its doors following a final day of trading on 2 April.

We’d like to thank all the talented traders, makers, creators and everyone else who has been part of our story in Sale

Since it opened in 2019 the business has been popular both with locals and those from further afield, and has been home to the likes of Greens, Blanchflower, Roti and Sud.

A part of the Store Group that also operates Ancoats General Store, Deansgate Square General Store and Stretford Foodhall, Sale Foodhall was one of the first independent businesses to open in the redeveloped Stanley Square.

Dimsum Su At Sale Foodhall
Dimsum Su at Sale Foodhall, which will be closing its doors after a final day of trading on 2 April Image: Sale Foodhall

In a post shared on its Facebook page the business said: “After facing unprecedented cost increases over the last 12 months, we are unable to keep the business moving forward sustainably. Sadly, we have made the decision that Sale Foodhall will close. We will be trading up to and including the 2nd April 2023.

“We share this news with a heavy heart. It is really tough at the moment for hospitality businesses, independent businesses, retailers, makers -  everyone really! We know that you, our guests and followers, are feeling it too and we’re sorry that we couldn’t keep serving you in Sale.

“As one of the first independent businesses to arrive in Stanley Square, it’s been wonderful to be a part of the journey of the town so far. We have become so invested - it’s tough to let it go but we have not been able to find a way forward.

Exterior Shot Of Foodhall In Sale
Sale Foodhall Image: Confidentials

“Rising costs, especially in terms of power, have proved insurmountable for us here in Sale. We take with us warm memories of Groceries & Beer and witnessing the transformation of the mall!

“Our priority is to keep our colleagues in jobs and so we’re focussed on that right now. Our Stretford Foodhall remains open.

“We’d like to thank all the talented traders, makers, creators and everyone else who has been part of our story in Sale. And especially our customers who have welcomed us into the community from day one. Warm thanks to all the team at Stanley Square who have supported our journey since we met in 2019.

“Wishing all our neighbours and fellow businesses the best - Onwards and upwards - to everyone.”

The Store Group has said that Stretford Foodhall will remain open.

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