Sterling Meat Co brings major investment to Whitefriargate

HullBID Executive Director Kathryn Shillito (right) with Leonnie Shimells, who recently joined the team at the Sterling Meat Company shop in Whitefriargate. Photo: Jerome Whittingham

Sterling Meat Co has embarked on the transformation of the former Crawshaws shop in Hull city centre with new signage and plans to create more space for customers and an open kitchen design.

Jim Viggars, Managing Director of Sterling, said the changes will take place in the coming months as part of a major investment by the company, with the emphasis on quality.

He said: “The rebrand of our shop in Whitefriargate as Sterling Meat Company has been very well received. The internal improvements are about visible aesthetics and showing people where their food comes from and how it is being prepared.

“Customers in Hull are delighted with what they have seen so far and that instils us with absolute confidence. We’ve also had a lot of support from HullBID and look forward to sharing in the success of their food activities.

“Product quality, customer service and value will be at the forefront of our strategy and Sterling Meat Co will be renowned for delivering the very best that the high street can offer.”

The Whitefriargate shop employs about 10 people with a further 20 staff working at the company’s Bransholme outlet. 

Mr Viggars said the new owners have a vision for each store and the focus will be on quality of products, excellent service from staff and value driven by removing unnecessary costs.

He said: “The owners are investing a significant amount. They want to make sure that every shop feels right as soon as you step inside, it feels modern, fresh and enticing, and most importantly the food offered is of high quality.”

Kathryn Shillito, HullBID Executive Director, said: “Whitefriargate is the focus of a major regeneration initiative and it is encouraging to see that Sterling Meat Co have committed to this significant investment in the workforce and in the city centre.

“We look forward to introducing them to the city through the Hull Street Food Nights and the Yum! Festival of Food and Drink and we hope their confidence in Hull will attract further investment”.

[Phil Ascough – Ascough Associates, for HullBID]