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Popular butcher shop is selling up after 37-year association with Ayrshire town

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A Prestwick butcher is hanging up his apron for the final time and will shortly end a 37-year trading association with the town he’s served with distinction.

Laurence Hood, who owns Laurence Hood Butcher, based at Prestwick Cross, has put his business on the market and offers are being considered for the shop either on a freehold, or leasehold basis.

Hood Butchers has served the town for nearly 40 years, although there’s been a butcher's presence at the same site for around 100 years, serving generations of Prestwick families.

The agents, Shepherd Chartered Surveyors are asking for offers in excess of £150,000 for the business.Shepherd Partner Kevin Bell said: “The property has been established as a butcher for over 100 years, our client having owned the business for 37 years, and reluctantly selling due to retirement.“The business is a traditional butcher, offering quality produce with an excellent reputation and well supported in Prestwick and beyond.“Trade is predominantly generated from counter sales, although a range of local businesses are supplied, including restaurants and hotels.The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now.Get all the local news in your area – plus features, football news and the latest on the coronavirus crisis – at your fingertips 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories while you can customise your page with the sections that matter to you.The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now on iOS and Android.“Our client is retiring but operates the business with a full-time butcher who has been with the business for 15 years.“Having seen local retail markets pick up as a result of a resurgence of people shopping and supporting local operators

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