Fire-damaged Burnley butty shop re-opens
A BELOVED Burnley sandwich shop is due to re-open this week, seven months after a blaze tore through the roof of the building.
Alfie’s Butty Shop is the last in the row of businesses in Bull Street to re-open after February’s fire.
Flames ripped through a number of premises, including Jazzman Grooves barbers and Holt and Longworth Solicitors, during the late-night fire.
Owner Paul Johnson, who named the shop after his five-year-old son, said: “I’ve lost around £20,000 with all the interruption to trading and everything else.
“Even though the fire didn’t start in my shop, it became the worst affected and it’s just taken such a long time to get sorted.
“It’s been a really worrying time and there’s been all sorts of delays with the insurance.
“It’s quite stressful, especially when you know that it was something that wasn’t your fault.”
Alfie’s Butty Shop first opened in May 2009 and became a popular, family-run business.
Paul, who lives in Burnley said: “Before the fire, around 99 per cent of people that came into the shop were regular customers.
“People would come in and ask for their usual or I’d see them and know exactly what they wanted.
“I just hope that we haven’t lost that relationship.
“I’ve seen a few regulars since we’ve been closed and they’re always asking me when I’m going to open up again.
“My main aim is just to get everything back to the way it was before the fire.
“I don’t want to change anything about the business and so hopefully, all the old faces will come rolling in.”
Paul said his time away from work had been a ‘journey’ and said that when his days weren’t filled with insurance claims, they were taken up with school runs and trips to the park.
He said: “I really feel like I’ve got to know my son better because of all this time off and it’s been great to spend time with him and my step-daughter, Jade.”
“I’m really excited about opening up the shop again, though. Nervous, but excited.”
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