Popular city butcher is in the game for expansion

Graham Alston, Sheen Bayman,  Jordan Alston and Jake Edwards
Graham Alston, Sheen Bayman, Jordan Alston and Jake Edwards

A Lancaster butcher is expanding in the city after taking over the premises of a former competitor.

Gregory Williams Ltd, is opening a second shop in the former Burts Butchers, in Market Street, next Wednesday, October 7.

Former Lancaster market traders S & T Williams bacon stall and D Gregory Butchers joined forces when the market closed in 2011, and they have enjoyed positive trading in James Street since then.

Joint boss Graham Alston said: “The city still needs two butchers.

“John and I are staying here, and my son Jordan is going to run the other shop. We just think it’s a good time to expand into town. Joe Stewart from Burts retired, and nobody was going to take it, so we decided it was a good move for the busines and a good move for Jordan.”

The business has just taken on two new members of staff, including one apprentice, with the likelihood they will need some more.

Graham said: “The shop will be similar to the current one but there will be an emphasis on game and cooked items. We’ll stock Guinea fowl, partridge, pheasants, rabbits and venison.

“It’s all locally sourced, and we’re going to be pushing that side of things a lot more.

“Our customers want to know whee their meat comes from. Even though we’ve always sourced locally we’ve never really pushed that aspect of the business, and it’s becoming more and more important to people.

“Our pork comes from Bowland, our beef from Pilling, and most of our lamb comes from Quernmore, if not, Skipton, and chickens come from Inskip.

“I’m proud of the fact that we’re the last place in the city that do our own burgers and cooked meats.

“It’s totally different to what you get in the supermarkets.”

Graham said that despite business being tough over the last two years with the United Utilities work and resurfacing works in the city centre, they are a lot busier than they were in the market.

He added: “The most important things have been our location and our relationship with customers. We get to know everyone’s name, who they are, where they live, how their mother is.

“It’s a totally different atmosphere from what you find in the supermarkets.”