Ryan and Moya Anderson, the current proprietors, continue the business following the ethos of the founder, John Anderson, Ryan’s father. The first shop was established in 1989 on the values of quality and service and celebrates its 30th anniversary in business still guided by that tradition.
John learned his trade with the East Lothian Co-op and was sent out on the road in one of their mobile shops serving the more remote parts of the community. He enjoyed the independence and personal connection with his customers and soon found himself running one of the Co-op’s busiest vehicles.
In the mid-eighties he was invited to manage the North Berwick Co-op butchers shop where sales soon increased dramatically. John was clearly making his mark and when Eales, another butcher’s shop on the High Street closed and became available, he risked everything to buy it and set up in business on his own. This proved to be a canny decision and his loyal customers followed him in droves.
The shop became so busy that he opened on a Sunday too. Trade at the Co-op butchers fell away and it eventually closed, creating an opportunity for John Anderson to take over the bigger premises with better facilities. The successful business expanded with shops in East Linton and Gullane, and with concessions in local Kwiksaves.
However, staffing started to become a challenge along with the continued competitive pressure from supermarkets. When Ryan’s brothers decided not to pursue their futures in the family business, operations were trimmed back to the one shop unit in its current location. This restructuring brought Ryan’s cousins, Andrew and Martin, into the close-knit team in North Berwick strengthening the family connection.
The business continues to thrive, developing innovative new prize-winning products and recipes to tempt the town’s expanding population while retaining its reputation of the highest quality local produce and exceptional customer service.