A REVIVAL in the popularity of butcher shops means there is enough custom to go around in Town, two new businesses have said.
The former Seafresh fishmongers reopened for the first time yesterday under new management and the name of Surf & Turf.
Jason and Nikki Hamon have spent the past couple of weeks renovating and refurbishing the Castle Emplacement premises to include a butcher’s.
It means they are the second butcher in the area, alongside Town Butchers, which opened in Fountain Street in November.
‘There is definitely a big enough market, when you think back in the old days there used to be 10 butchers all in a line in Town [in the Markets],’ Mr Hamon said.
‘The trend for local butchers has done a full circle, so there is definitely enough space for two butchers.
‘People want to come in and talk, they want to see what is fresh and get that professional advice and customer service.’
Town Butchers owner Marc Harvey said business had really picked up. ‘It gets busier every week, to a point now where we are struggling to cope.
‘There is a big enough market for more butchers in Town.
‘We have a very good following and people now do want to go to a butchers instead of getting their meat from the supermarkets.
‘They like the advice they can get, the quality of the meat and the customer service.’