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Eyes on the pies as Walker and Son's shop returns to Leicester


There's good news to get pork pie fans' mouths watering.

Award-winning pie makers Walker & Son has announced its new pie shop will open at the end of next month.

The firm will return to its former Walker & Son shop, in Cheapside, Leicester, where it sold its pies for many years.

The shop was known for its long queues of pie lovers, particularly at Christmas.

The company sold the shop and it passed through the hands of various food companies, who continued selling Walker & Son pies, but the tradition ended when Fife Fine Foods closed 15 months ago. Walker & Son announced it was returning to the site in December, when it opened a "pop-up" shop for just four days.

On its first day of opening, the 1,300 pies it had in stock had sold out by 10.30am and thousands more pies were sold during the next few days.

Tracey McLoughlin, finance director at the company's Charnwood Bakery, in Beaumont Leys, said: "We want to develop Walkers and build on the success we had at Christmas with our pop-up shop.

"People showed us that they were still very keen on pork pies and we want to carry on the fantastic Leicestershire tradition with this flagship shop.

"We want to create an up-market, classy shop but maintain the traditional aspects of Leicestershire pork pies."

The company, which was set up in the 19th century and spawned the Walkers Crisps brand, has continued making pies in Beaumont Leys and selling them in supermarkets.

Walker & Son also had one of the most successful days at the British Pie Awards in Melton Mowbray last month.

It collected 10 awards for its products including first, second and third place in the coveted Melton Mowbray Pork Pie class.

The shop will have a grand opening at the end of June, with VIP guests and samples of pies and other hot food.

City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said the shop would be making a very welcome return to the city centre.

He said: "It's great news. Walker and Son has been a traditional feature of Leicester for many years.

"This will hopefully bring more people into the city and it's really good to have another popular food business in the area around Leicester Market, which has long been known for quality food.

"It will be a real magnet, as it was for many years."

Sir Peter said reinforcing the city's reputation for food was important over the coming months as the renovation of the market begins.

Eyes on the pies   as Walker and  Son's shop  returns   to Leicester

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