Future looks bright for Burgess Hill butcher as he signs ten-year pledge

Kevin Thorne at his butchers in the Market Place Shopping Centre in Burgess Hill
Kevin Thorne at his butchers in the Market Place Shopping Centre in Burgess Hill

A Burgess Hill butcher is looking forward to a bright future after signing a new ten-year lease at the Market Place Shopping Centre.

Kevin Thorne, and his team, at K J Thorne, have been serving our town for more than 22 years.

The butchers moved to a new unit in the shopping centre earlier this summer, to make way for Argos.

Kevin said: “It is wonderful to be one of the original tenants from when Market Place first opened in 1996.

“Our roots and firmly embedded in the shopping centre and we don’t see ourselves being anywhere else.

“It’s a real pleasure to see familiar faces popping in each week to get their shopping – we get to know them and their families, and even put products aside if we think it’s something they’d like to try.

“Many of our customers over the last two decades have become friends of ours. Building these strong relationships with the community is a huge part of our success, as we can provide personal touches that people love and it keeps them coming back.

“Word of mouth has been fantastic for us and people tell us they’ve come to see us following recommendations from others.”

Kevin runs the business with two other full-time members of staff – brothers, Dan and Matt Turner.

Dan has been at K J Thorne since he was 13 years old and is now the manager, while Matt joined four months ago.

“I have a brilliant team behind me,” said Kevin.

“The lads are phenomenal workers and the passion they have for butchery is second to none. Our customers love chatting and being served by them – they’re a great asset.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to be at Market Place, as it’s a hub of the community and full of vibrancy and opportunities.”

Andrew Harvey, centre manager at Market Place, expressed his delight that Kevin and his team are relishing their new location. “K J Thorne has always been hugely popular with our shoppers,” he said.

“There’s always the sound of laughter and happy faces at the shop, so we are over the moon that the next 10 years have been secured. I liked to wish Kevin, Dan and Matt continued success here at Market Place.”

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