J Holliday & Sons, a family business which has served Pelaw since 1966, will join the Dicksons family after owners John and Maria decided to take early retirement. Much like the Dickson family, butchery has a long and illustrious heritage under the Holliday name. John, originally a jeweller, joined his father’s business in 1966 as a trainee butcher and has been cutting up meat and making sausages ever since. In turn, John’s son also works in the food industry as the owner of Newcastle’s hugely popular Sausage Emporium – which features a menu filled with an array of sausages learnt through the family trade.
As well as safeguarding the jobs of all the existing team, Dicksons has invested thousands of pounds in a full refurbishment of the shop to bring its new look concept to Pelaw. With butcher counter, deli counter and ready to eat hot and cold food together with a seating area, the shop will continue to provide the community with high quality fresh meat products, as well as offering the range of products Dicksons has become famous for.
Commenting on the sale, John Holliday said: “I had planned to pass the business on to my son but once he decided to set up The Sausage Emporium, I knew the time had come for me to hang up my apron and knew exactly who to approach – Michael Dickson.
“Dicksons started out life just like J Holliday & Sons and despite its growing size and success, it remains a committed family business, which I knew would continue to serve my customers and be an asset to the local community.
“Dicksons has continued to evolve with changing shopping habits and consumer tastes and I know that its mixed offering of traditional pork butchery together with its food on the go, will appeal to both existing loyal customers and attract lots of new ones. I think the busy location is perfect for a business like theirs and they will be a welcome new face on the high street.”
Michael Dickson said: “Pelaw is a bustling community and the location is right in the heart of the all the shops, so hopefully Dicksons will enhance what’s already a pretty healthy mix on offer.
“It‘s really important that retail centres and high streets continue to be filled with a healthy mix of shops and businesses, because local shops keep our communities alive and vibrant. We are committed to supporting the region’s town centres and promoting local shopping and are confident that Pelaw will be one of a number of new Dicksons’ shops to spring up in the year to come.”
He added: “We wish John and his wife a very happy retirement.”
With the opening of the new shop in Pelaw, Dicksons has now expanded its chain to 24 shops across Tyne and Wear, making our sausages, bacon, pies and regional products available in many key areas of the North East – as well as in a number of major supermarkets.