Store Extension Complete!Gareth Marshall
With skill, smarts and touch of luck, S Collins Butcher’s opened for business in 1955, headed by Stewart Collins. Situated on the Main Street in Coatbridge, this little store quickly became a local favourite with unique products and recipes. It then became a family business, with Stewart’s son joining the store and learning the trade.
In 1979, the now re-branded S Collins & Son expanded to include an additional store in Muirhead, bringing with them talent, excellent meats and a standard that is to be met every time a customer walks through the door. Through these tenets, a small, family owned butchers shop grew to become a national name and winners of countless awards.
Though the Coatbridge store was later sold in 1999 to focus on our Muirhead premises, due to its growing success we soon found that the store could not remain as small as it was. So, with the help of the community in 2010, the main premises of the shop went through an extension to include a larger preparation area, a longer counter for more products, and a wider shop floor for customers. With the new expansion, business was only getting better: winning more awards like the Scottish Butcher Shop of the Year 2012, the launching of the Gold Card, more prominent social media and a plethora of new ideas and products. With these new success’ brings new challenges. More customers means we would need more staff to serve them, more shop floor space for customers to occupy, and a better website for the ease of people shopping online with us.
We believed it was time to take another step forward; and now we have taken that first step into our new shop! With over a years hard work, the dedication of all involved could not have been fruitful without the continued support of our amazing customers! With that, let’s take a run through of all that we did, and what we have, and what may soon be on our horizon!
We purchased the house adjacent to the store, and construction had begun on our new premises! The new extension will enable:
- a larger production area for your food
- an upstairs area for staff to relax in and a training room
- a larger counter that will include new products
- an expanded front shop for customers
- a new deli counter and salad bar
- a hot foods counter
Thankfully, we did not have to close at any point, so we were still able to sell our award winning products!
Let’s take a look as some photos of the construction of the store, and some interior shots as well!
Steel beams arrive for supporting the extension!
Area cleared and ready to start on the floor!
Setting up for the walls and re-enforcing the flooring!
Walls up, floor plan getting layed down and the ceiling’s going in soon so time to start getting excited!
Work on the extension had been stalled through some weather damage and other factors, but it’s full steam ahead to make up for lost time! Walls up, new chill has been put in, hanging chill ready to go, new freezer finished, upstairs staff and office spaces are coming together nicely and more work on the front shop! Exciting!
With the inside work mostly done, work is now pushing forward with the front shop extension! Foundations started and walls going up soon!
From rubble to a nice clean shop, half is done now on to the rest!
Remember that heavy snowfall near the start of the year? Things only got worse after these pictures were taken!
Working away on the new front shop!
We found an old open can of lager from what must’ve been the 70s when the original shop was being built! How times have changed!
The beginnings of our new Bakery department are underway! What was our original shop is now a dedicated area to our bakery, cakes, hot food and other products!
Making sure everything is clean and working for our opening!
With the shop basically complete, we’ve opened for business and wowed a lot of people! It’s smooth sailing from here onwards!
A quick snap of the new in-use bakery department!
There’s still a touch more to do here and there, but we’re confident that it’ll all be finished very soon. Keep an eye here or on social media for more updates!
Thank you so much to everyone who believed in us, and we hope that you are as happy about the results as we are!