Famous family butchers return
PUBLISHED: 10:02 21 November 2010
A FAMOUS family name from Weston's shopping past is returning to the town centre - because the new generation feel the town is 'ready to take off again'.
Palmer’s Butchers at the Big Lamp Corner end of Meadow Street was a town institution during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
At its peak, the shop had up to 15 staff serving at a time, and as many as 10,000 customers each week.
John Palmer – who ran the store with his father Tom, mother Edie, wife Pam and daughter Tina – decided to sell up in 1989 after being blighted by ill health.
A 21-year lease was agreed with the buyer, but now, in 2010, the lease has finished – and the Palmer family is returning to Weston.
Tina and her husband Craig Kennedy are returning, along with other family partners, to rekindle the business built up a generation ago.
And the family – who run a bed and breakfast in Uphill and a cheese-producing business near Cheddar – say they are confident Palmer’s Butchers will be a success once again.
Craig said: “We feel that Weston is ready to take off again - with the Grand Pier now rebuilt and open, the seafront works close to completion, Pier Square almost done, and the possible development at Dolphin Square.
“We have decided to go back into business in Weston town on the strength of a bright future for Weston.
“The same family that sold up the butchery business 21 years ago has refurbished the property and has enough faith in the immediate future of the town to return to the traditional family owned butchers shop selling top quality meat in the traditional manner.”