Butcher’s shop on the way

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Town Centre Changes - by Ai­dan Bar­low abar­low@thek­m­group.co.uk @aidan­bar­lowKm

Fancy a butch­ers? A trader is to set up a qual­ity meat shop in a town cen­tre site which has been empty for nearly 20 years.

Tony Killing­beck, 60, from the Isle of Shep­pey, has de­cided to open TK Meats Ltd in the va­cant shop near the John Wal­lis pub in the mid­dle of Ash­ford High Street.

It fol­lows the end of the lease for his fam­ily butcher’s shop which he had been run­ning in Feltham in Lon­don.

Mr Killing­beck is tak­ing over re­tail space which was pre­vi­ously used as a sand­wich bar some 17 years ago.

He said: “I had been look­ing at a space a bit fur­ther down, but this shop is ideal as it is a bit fur­ther up. I think people pre­fer to buy butcher’s meat rather than from a su­per­mar­ket, es­pe­cially at Christ­mas when they want their turkey or beef,

“We will also be run­ning a deli, with pies, ham on the bone, and carved meats. We will also have spe­cial of­fers, weekly and daily, so we can get as much trade as we can.

“We came over on Mon­day this week and there were a few people around, ask­ing us when we are open­ing.

“It’s got to be a good thing if there are people milling around.”

Mr Killing­beck will be run­ning the butcher’s shop with his wife and son, and a friend who has worked with him at the shop in Feltham over the past six years.

He has been work­ing at the shop this week in or­der to get new fridges fit­ted and a front counter put in, and hopes to open to­mor­row (Fri­day).

Tony Killing­beck will open TK Meats in Ash­ford High Street

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