Butcher saves vi­tal vil­lage ser­vice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS -

A VIL­LAGE butcher shop has been taken over by a new owner who thinks it is vi­tal vil­lagers have ac­cess to such fa­cil­i­ties.

Fisher Butch­ers, in Pack­horse Road, Ger­rards Cross, closed on Thurs­day Au­gust 20, but by Mon­day Au­gust 24 was bought by Warner Butch­ers, based in Chal­font St Giles.

Mark Quinn, owner of Warn­ers, said the re­sponse to the buy­out has been great.

He said: “It’s been bril­liant. Peo­ple keep say­ing that it’s so good to keep a butch­ers in Ger­rards Cross.”

He said he was inspired to buy the shop af­ter driv­ing past one day and see­ing the clos­ing down sign in the win­dow.

He was con­cerned to learn it was clos­ing down as it had been a big part of the com­mu­nity. Pur­chas­ing the Chal­font St Giles store around six years ago, Mr Quinn de­cided to re­tain the Warner Butch­ers name which, he said, had been in the vil­lage for four gen­er­a­tions. “I wanted to keep the her­itage be­cause it’s such a long, well es­tab­lished name,” he said. “I want to keep that in Ger­rards Cross too. Fish­ers in their hey­day had about 35 shops. They were mas­sive.” He added: “You cant lose a butch­ers in Ger­rards Cross. It’s such a big vil­lage it needs one.”

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