Owner of new Haverhill butchers shop excited to finally be opening up
A journey that began about two years ago has finally reached its destination for butcher Jamie Towells, as he opens his first shop in Haverhill.
The owner of Jamie's Meat Inn has already been operating a shop in Sudbury for seven years this July.
And having established a well-received home delivery service in the Haverhill area more than two years ago, he took to looking for a place to open a shop in the town.
His quest is now over, after he fitted out and opened his shop, the former Wood Green Animal Charity shop, in High Street today.
Jamie, 34, said: "I've been trying (to get a premises in Haverhill) for the last 24 months.
"We looked at a property three doors down two years ago and then one next to Timpsons.
"Then I had lockdown last year so I couldn't really look at shops but because we've been doing a delivery service for the last 24 to 36 months, this was the area we covered on a Friday, and built up a good customer base and knowing there is no butchers here I thought, why not, it's a good town to come to."
The shop in Sudbury has, said Jamie, of Great Waldingfield, been doing 'incredibly well' during the lockdowns, with deliveries taking off, and he has also gained more delivery customers in the Haverhill area during that time too.
Word that he was moving into the High Street was then posted on local social media, and the reaction to that, said Jamie, was really encouraging.
He said: "The response we had off that was amazing. I was so impressed. I think we had 1,500 likes.
"We've had a hell of a lot of people trying to look through the shop window and saying 'we can't wait for you to open' and we hope that's going to be the case."
Jamie will be promoting offers on barbecue selection packs once he opens the shop and will be dividing his time between his two shops, while employing shop manager for the new branch
It is an area he thinks will flourish as people look to enjoy the outdoor life with family and friends after coming out of lockdown.
Jamie added: "I would not be doing this now if it wasn't for lockdown.
"I wanted to come to Haverhill but it's given me the push I needed."