187-year-old butchery business hails ‘fantastic’ new store

Yorkshire-based Johnson’s of Thirsk Quality Butchers has opened a new store twice the size of its old premises, which has been a butcher’s shop since 1830.

Andrew Trueman, owner of Johnson’s of Thirsk, told Meat Trades Journal he had spent £90,000 to renovate, decorate and kit out the new shop that is one door down from his old shop in Kirkgate, which had been a butcher’s outlet since 1830.
The business, which opened its doors on Wednesday 16 August, had been expanding for several years and could not continue to grow at its current rate in the old store, half the size of the new premises.
Since reopening, the business has received a flurry of well wishes on social media, describing the new store with superlatives such as “fantastic”, “beautiful” and “gorgeous”.
In response to praise for the new shop, Trueman said: “I’m just so proud that people from our own industry are giving us so much support, and that just spurs you on. “You know then you’ve made the right decision [to relocate] and the comments from people in town have been simply unbelievable.”

Now in the third day at the new shop, footfall has been higher than usual and Trueman said he has noticed lots of new faces coming into the revamped store.

A lot of new local produce has been added to the product range, which may be a reason for this increased footfall, he said. Some of the most delectable new items available at the shop include Yorkshire cheese, smoked salmon – cured nine miles away, Indian spices, coffee and tea blended or roasted locally.

“Everything is within a 30-mile radius and that’s what we’re trying to promote with the new shop – local produce,” said Trueman.

The new site should improve efficiency too by bringing the bakery and butchery room under one roof – the two were in separate buildings before.

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