Mystery over two closures

Southcliff has received a double blow with the closure of two independent firms operating on Ramshill Road and South Street, Gibsons and Francis tea rooms have both closed in recent days of each other. 120806  Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'20/02/2012

Southcliff has received a double blow with the closure of two independent firms operating on Ramshill Road and South Street, Gibsons and Francis tea rooms have both closed in recent days of each other. 120806 Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'20/02/2012

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THE future of two traditional Scarborough businesses is shrouded in mystery.

T Gibson’s Butchers and adjoining delicatessen, Gibson’s at 25, in Ramshill Road, were shut yesterday, leaving customers shocked.

The Francis Tearooms, in South Street, which had a distinctive 1930s style, was also closed, with landlords confirming they had changed the locks and taken over the premises.

Traders told the Evening News that they believed the family-run Gibson empire had closed down.

The Evening News tried to contact owner Tony Gibson but did not receive a reply. The butchery arm of the Gibson’s empire was renowned for its meat, and was named Yorkshire’s most dynamic and exciting family-run business at Barclays Local Business Awards in 2009.

Not far away in South Cliff, a notice had been placed in a window in Francis Tearooms telling customers the tearooms were under refurbishment and would re-open soon.

But there was also a note in another window to Jeremy Bentley, the cafe owner, from Manchester-based solicitors acting on behalf of the landlord.

It said: “The landlord has taken peaceful possession of the property and the locks have been changed to re-secure possession thereof as a result of breaches of the lease.

“The landlord gives notice that all goods contained in the building that do not form part of the fixtures and fittings are ready for collection.”