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Scalloway Meat Company, Main Street, Scalloway

PricePrice on application
AddressScalloway Meat Company, Main Street, Scalloway, Shetland ZE1 0TR

Long and well-established butchery and licensed grocery shop business situated in an excellent, very prominent trading position right in the heart of the picturesque village of Scalloway which is clustered around a sheltered harbour area on the west coast of Shetland 6 miles from Lerwick.

In addition to the butchery side which operates out of a modern, recently converted processing unit, this popular local business has retailed a wide variety of general grocery and non-food items to the local community and beyond. The business has a very loyal customer base and enjoys a strong and consistent turnover.

Also included is a second butchers shop in the Toll Clock Shopping Centre, the only independent butchers in Lerwick.

The owned Scalloway premises are included in the sale however consideration will be given to a sale of the business with a lease of the premises.


The Business

This long established business has traded since 1925, moving into its current main premises in the early 1980’s, the second Lerwick outlet opening in 2014.

The focus of the business is twofold, the butchery business operating from a recently renovated, modern processing unit behind the shop, and a grocery/general store. The butchery retails a wide variety of produce including poultry, lamb, beef and pork, sourced locally where possible to support the local farming industry, plus a large selection of ready meals cooked on the premises, including pies, curries, soup and sandwiches, and a range of frozen meats and freezer packs. In addition to selling butchery products through its own shops, they are also stocked by a range of other outlets in Lerwick and throughout Shetland including as far as the island of Unst.

In addition to the butchery retail space, the general store has a large grocery section with fresh fruit and veg, again locally sourced where possible, frozen food, bakery and general grocery products, confectionery and newspapers. There is also an off-sales licence, hot drinks machine, national lottery outlet and autobank cash machine. Upstairs a further non-food department offers a selection of hardware, homeware, toys, gifts, stationery and greetings cards.

The current opening hours are:

Monday – Thursday 8am – 10pm
Friday 7:30am – 10pm
Saturday 8am – 10pm
Sunday 12 noon – 10pm

The Lerwick outlet trades from leased premises in the Toll Clock Shopping Centre. It is now the only independent butchers shop in Lerwick, retailing the same wide range of produce as the Scalloway shop, along with a small selection of grocery items. Opening hours are 9:30am – 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am – 5pm Friday and Saturday.

In addition to the owner, overall the business employs around 40 staff, 13 full-time, the remainder being employed on a part-time/casual basis.

All equipment is understood to be owned outright. A delivery van which is owned outright can be included in the sale.

Further information is available on the business’s own website at www.scallowaymeat.co.uk


The Premises

The main shop premises, a two and a half storey building with two storey rear extension, is situated in the Scalloway conservation area. The building has an extensive and attractive frontage to Main Street with prominent signage. It is generally of stone construction below a natural slate roof, various improvements in recent years including recent re-slating of the main roof and replacement windows.

In total the main shop is estimated to extend to around 540m² (5,800ft²) (net internal area) including the main ground floor retail area, a large open space with two entrances from the street and several display windows. The grocery section is to the left, the butchers shop to the right although both are connected internally. A staircase in the middle provides access to the non-food retail area upstairs.

The grocery area is well laid out with a good range of the usual fixtures and fittings, plus various drinks chills, refrigerated and freezer display cabinets and a serving counter with three EPOS tills. There is a second serving counter on the butchery side. To the rear is a store, butchery preparation area and cold store. Upstairs the non-food retail space leads to further stores providing space for stock etc. (there is a lift), staff facilities, an office (with CCTV system) and a commercial kitchen.

A separate detached steel portal frame building (approx. 270m² (2,900ft²) to the rear of the shop was converted to a high standard in 2017 to provide a dedicated meat processing unit with modern equipment. The unit includes a freezer, cutting room, large walk-in chill, office and commercial kitchen for cooked products.

In addition to the two buildings there is a car parking area behind the shop. Public parking is available right outside the shop and along Main Street.



Details of accounts can be made available to seriously interested parties after viewing the premises through the seller.


Viewing strictly by appointment only by telephoning 01595 880841 or contacting the agent’s property department directly on 01595 480751.


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