Watt the Butcher closed its doors for the final time on Friday (October 11) bringing an end to a nine years’ service in Montrose.
The butchers, situated on Murray Street, opened in March, 2004, and has proved a popular place of business for townsfolk.
Owner Neil Watt, former head of the fresh meat department at the Savoy Hotel in London, decided to move north and open his own business on the subject he knew best, but has decided to shut up shop due to staff retiring.
Mr Watt said: “We have had three workers retire and when that many staff leave within a short space of time it’s hard, so we’ve decided to call it a day. That’s the way business works in this day and age though.”
During his time owning the butchers, Mr Watt won a number of awards for his excellent food, including Scotland’s ‘Best Traditional Retailer’ two years in a row in 2006 and 2007.
Well-known throughout Angus and beyond for providing quality foods and great customer service, he will be missed by his regular customers many of whom favoured the Glenbervie Pedigree Aberdeen Angus beef, of which he was the sole retailer.
One customer told the Review: “It was a sad day, and I’m definitely going to miss the place. I’ve been coming here for years. It’s going to be a nuisance for people living up this end of the town who will now have to travel into the town to get their meat.”
The butcher’s last day was certainly busier than normal, with a large amount of the meat sold by late morning on the Friday, with customers coming from far and wide to say a last goodbye.
Mr Watt spoke of his plans for the future, he said: “I plan to do absolutely nothing, I’m going to enjoy my time away from work.”
The closure of Watt the Butcher means that only one butcher now remains in the town, J Barclay, on the High Street.