Directors at a North East brand of butcher’s shops plan to expand nationally and create at least 100 new jobs, less than a month after opening their first store.
Doors to The Fat Butcher only opened in Shiremoor, North Tyneside, last month, but operations director Scott Andrews has told Journal Business of plans to open 25 of its stores across the UK over the next three years.
With a view to rolling out the brand across the country, the firm has 15 new openings planned over the next two years, and a further ten the year after.
Locations for the first phase of roll-out have already been chosen, with the next store due to open in St Helen’s Auckland, County Durham.
The Shiremoor shop has created a number of jobs in the region, and 100 further positions will be created across the UK through the expansion.
Andrews said: “There will always be a place for a local butcher’s shop in a community –people want to source their meat from somewhere they know and trust.
“The Fat Butcher is a traditional butcher’s shop with traditional values. Although we have only been open in Shiremoor for a short time, we have been welcomed with open arms.
“We believe we have a great ethos and excellent brand, and plan to roll out what we do across the country over the next three years. This is a very ambitious project for us, but one we are looking forward to getting started with.”
The first shop opened with support from law firm Sintons and chartered surveyors and property consultants Sanderson Weatherall.
Tom Wills, associate at Newcastle-based Sintons, said: “The Fat Butcher is a very exciting new brand with expansion plans to match.”