Ginger Pig bid to take over former Wanstead butchers
PUBLISHED: 12:42 26 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:42 26 February 2016
The prospect of famous butchers The Ginger Pig opening a store in Wanstead High Street is one step closer, the Recorder can reveal.
Residents initially wrote to the company asking them to take over when butchers AG Dennis closed last month, after serving the community for 90 years.
In January a Ginger Pig spokeswoman stated enquiries were at a “very early stage”, but the lawyer letting the site has now confirmed the company have made a bid.
Jim Moloney, from Smith Price LLP, told the Recorder: “We have had good proposals from a number of people including the Ginger Pig and the landlord is currently deciding what way they want to go.”
He added: “It is looking very likely there will be another butchers. I would imagine the shop will be filled by April.”
Rumours along the High Street have been rife for the last month, with local blogger Nick Logan tweeting: “It’s on! Ginger Pig coming to Wanstead – Total refurb to open in 2 months.”
A spokeswoman for the butchers commented: “We are currently speaking with the local agent for the site, however, at this stage nothing has been confirmed with regards to Ginger Pig taking over the site.”
The company use North Yorkshire farmers to supply meat to seven trendy shops across London, with the closest store to Redbridge being Hackney.
Chairman of the Wanstead Business Partnership Darrell Toakley said “it would be great”, but added he would not “believe it until the sign is up”.
Darrell commented: “It would bring people from the Woodford area and other parts of east London to the High Street.
“It’s a recognisable brand name which helps, but we have to wait and see, it is down to the landlords.”
The opening of the popular butchers would be a welcome boost to the High Street, with its HSBC branch due to close in April.
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