After nearly 40 years of trading in a small corner shop in Fraserburgh, IJ McIntosh Butcher has made the move to a new custom-built eco-friendly premises in a bid to expand and future proof the business.

The new shop, which opened in November and had a roaring trade over Christmas, stocks Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork. It is a family-run enterprise that's been managed by Gavin McIntosh since 2017.

“The business was started by my father who worked as a messenger on a butcher’s bike until he began his apprenticeship in 1967. He brought his first shop in Fraserburgh in 1982 and after I left school, I joined him in the business. It’s always been a dream of ours to expand, but it took a while to find the right shop.”

Gavin added that, luckily, their new premises – an old local car dealer’s showroom – was only a minute’s walk from their original shop and was custom-built for 'the modern world'.

“When we secured our new location, it provided an opportunity to build the shop we’ve always dreamed of. As a business and personally, I’ve wanted to do my bit for sustainability, so the new shop is fitted to be as environmentally friendly as possible.”

Investing in equipment, lights and fans that are low wattage, refrigeration insulation that is low CGC impact and wall cladding that is low CFC impact, has resulted in what is thought to be the ‘greenest’ butcher’s shop in Scotland.

“Because it’s a large building – approximately 200m2 – we’re in talks with an energy company about putting solar panels on the roof to harness and generate electricity that will not only power the shop, but a future electric vehicle we plan to purchase to make deliveries.

“We continue to source our produce locally and have invested in new machines that use recycled packing. This means that our customers purchase products with low food miles, consciously packaged with a focus on helping the planet,” added Gavin.

Gordon King, executive manager of Scottish Craft Butchers, and Tom Gibson, Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) director of market development, cut the ribbon to officially open the new store. Gordon said: “It was an honour to officially open the new IJ McIntosh Butcher shop. It’s heartening to see that businesses are prepared to step up to the plate and invest to improve and adapt to customer expectations in such a demanding and ever-changing consumer market.”

Tom added that it could be a model shop for the modern-day butcher: “It’s really fantastic to see what Gavin and the team at IJ McIntosh Butcher achieved and it’s been a delight to support him, as a member of the Scotch Butchers Club, as he enters this new era.”