THE LAST butcher’s shop in Carnoustie is to be saved thanks to a takeover by James Ewart Ltd., next month.
The Guide & Gazette recently reported that the number of local businesses has dwindled considerably in recent years and many shopkeepers expressed concern that this was down to residents choosing to visit big supermarkets and shopping centres rather than buying locally.
A main concern raised by those we spoke to was that the only butcher’s shop left in Carnoustie, Stewart’s, was also set to close its doors at the end of this month.
At one time there were five butcher shops in the town and it looked like there would soon be none when the proprietor of Stewart’s Butchers, Stewart Bell, decided that enough was enough.
He blamed his decision to close on the decline of the High Street especially over the past year-and-a-half.
He said: “I’m pleased that it has been taken over and I hope they make a good success of it.
“I’m pleased to hear that it is being kept on in the town.”
Newly elected councillor for Carnoustie Brian Boyd said upon winning the by-election that the butcher’s shop was one of his main priorities in the efforts to save the High Street.
He said: “It is great news for the town and I am glad to hear that it has been taken over.
“I have a Business Association meeting tonight (Wednesday) and will hopefully hear more about it then.
“With a population of 12,000 Carnoustie really needs to have a butcher shop, I think we can be sure that the town can sustain one.
“Now we have to ask the people who don’t already support the High Street to consider buying locally.”
Alan Kennedy of James Ewart Ltd., said: “James Ewart Ltd., is delighted to open in Carnoustie on March 1.
“We think Carnoustie merits a top quality butcher’s shop on the High Street.”
He added: “Now that we have been established in Monifieth for a long time we thought long and hard about re-opening in Carnoustie.
“We thought that it was a good idea and didn’t want to see Carnoustie without a butcher’s shop.”