After 83 years in operation, the best known fish and chip shop in Britain is to close reports Fish Update. Harry Ramsden’s flagship chippy at White Cross in the Leeds suburb of Guiseley is expected to shut its doors after Christmas with the loss of 24 jobs according to this tweet picked up on Chirpstory It was the first to be opened by the firm in 1928 but the chain said its original branch was losing money and needed “considerable investment” before it could potentially become profitable again.
“This has been a difficult decision that has not been taken lightly, especially given the wonderful, affectionate support Harry’s in Guiseley has enjoyed from its customers and staff. But we have to face the economic reality that it is loss-making,” Joe Teixeira, the company’s chief executive, said.
Over recent years Leeds has positioned itself as a thriving cosmopolitan city – trying to shun its traditional northern stereotyped image. Leeds was the first city outside of London to open a branch of Harvey Nichols and has seen many international hotel chains move into the city centre including the inclusion of Radisson Blu’s Leeds Hotel within the refurbished “Light” building. Originally the head office of the Leeds Permanent Building Society, this Grade II listed building was meticulously restored into one of the finest hotel in Leeds.