Shoppers support new high street butchers

Gary Smith, butcher, of Winslow with assistant, Paul Watmough. 131115M-B099
Gary Smith, butcher, of Winslow with assistant, Paul Watmough. 131115M-B099

Customers have been flocking to support Winslow’s new butchers shop.

Smith’s Family Butchers opened on the High Street last Friday, following the closure of the town’s previous butcher’s, Stanton’s.

Traditional butcher Gary Smith, from Thame, has taken on the lease from freeholder Alan Stanton.

Mr Smith said: “It’s been very good. Everyone’s been really happy that we’re open again. Friday and Saturday were really good. I was amazed how busy it was.

“When a shop shuts, people drift elsewhere, but they seem to support us and they’re back.

“I think they realise they could have lost the shop. They were so worried about losing their butcher.”

Town councillor Llew Monger warned that if people want to keep their local shops, they must support them.

He said: “The temporary loss of the butchers was a great disappointment.

“It is a difficult time for independent retailers, made worse by the gradual change in retail habits with people mainly buying food from 
supermarkets, and often online.”

But he said Winslow is bucking the trend, in still having plenty of shops selling fresh produce, as well as a bank and a post office.

Mr Smith currently has one part-time assistant, 22-year-old Paul Whatmaugh, from Winslow, and his own son, Scott, works there on Saturdays.

Mr Smith said: “Hopefully I can employ a full-timer if trade stays as it is. I’m doing 14-hour days at the moment.”

And he added: “Everyone’s so nice and friendly here.

“I think it’s going to work out good for me and Winslow.”

The shop will be starting to take Christmas orders next week.