Waltons Catering Equipment has shut its doors this morning after a historic 99 years in business.
The Bradford-based distributor has become the first major UK dealer victim of the coronavirus impact, with all staff reportedly being notified today.
Catering Insight has reached out to Waltons, but has not yet been able to contact anyone. In automated email responses however, senior employees stated: “Due to the current Covid-19 situation, Arthur Walton Ltd has ceased trading with immediate effect for the foreseeable future.”
The family business was established by Arthur Walton in 1921 and in 1940 the family moved to Bradford where they diversified into wholesale. The business thrived throughout the 80s and 90s with substantial growth, then generating a record sales year in 2016.
Operated from 10,000ft2 premises based just outside of Bradford, the headquarters housed over £500,000 of stock at any one time, with major brands supplied including Rational, Hobart and Genware.
An onsite cash and carry also housed sister company, Ue Coffee Roasters North. The coffee specialist supplied machinery, ingredients and full barista training to its customers.
The largest part of Waltons’ business was generated within the Yorkshire region but thanks to customer recommendations it also found itself installing new kitchens and supplying products throughout the entire UK.