A LEADING North-east butchery firm celebrated the official opening of new premises in Aberdeen city centre with a family fun day today (Saturday, July 27th).
Growing local company, Davidsons Specialist Butchers, have taken over retail premises in the city’s McCombie’s Court, continuing the location’s long association with the meat industry and giving the well-known North-east company an important city centre presence.
The move adds a third location to the Davidsons Specialist Butchers portfolio, joining existing outlets at Dobbies, Aberdeen, and the 2011/12 Butcher’s Shop of the Year in Inverurie town centre. It is forecast that the new shop will lead to the creation of eight new jobs in coming months, bringing the company’s headcount to 30 across its three sites.
The opening was marked with a fun-filled day and the official opening was performed by Aberdeen Football Club’s Barry Robson.
Commenting on the opening, John Davidson said: “McCombie’s Court and the surrounding area is to be the focus of major redevelopment in coming years and we feel it is an exciting location in which we can grow our business.
“We anticipate that this city centre presence will be instrumental in driving future growth within our company, adding to our already established and very successful retail units elsewhere in the area.”
McCombie’s Court is a passage dating back to 1814 and is one of the hidden gems being showcased by business organisation Aberdeen Inspired as it works to revitalise the heart of the city.
Aberdeen Inspired is the banner under which Aberdeen BID (Business Improvement District) operates and is a business-led initiative which aims to fund improvement projects with contributions from levy payers within the BID zone.
Aberdeen Inspired chief executive, Susan Bree, said: “Providing an attractive city is a key aim of Aberdeen Inspired, but the roots of that are far deeper than the obvious aesthetic value.
“As the decision by Davidsons Specialist Butchers to choose McCombie’s Court as a new business location illustrates, enhancing the environment makes the city centre a far more attractive proposition for forward thinking companies and we’re delighted to welcome our latest addition to the Business Improvement District.”
Laurent Vernet, head of Marketing with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), said the opening of the new shop was another welcome indication of the increased confidence and optimism among butchers.
“The modern-day butcher’s shop offers a unique combination of knowledge, traditional skills and innovation and it is great to see businesses such as Davidsons Specialist Butchers thriving and growing their businesses through providing excellent customer service and meat products.
“Consumers are taking a welcome increased interest in the provenance of their meat and the Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork labels on display in a Scotch Butcher Club member shop give them a guarantee on quality assurance, welfare and provenance.”
Davidsons Specialist Butchers operate award-winning, family run outlets in Inverurie and Aberdeen as well as running an online shop bringing their products to customers the length and breadth of the UK.
The McCombie’s Court shop is open 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday and can be contacted on (01224) 646960.
For further information on Davidsons Specialist Butchers, visit www.johndavidsons.com email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01467) 621212.
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