Monday, December 23, 2013
DI Elliott butchers is back where it belongs on the village map as it reopens on January 9.
A year on from the devastating Christmas floods of 2012, the popular Bishops Tawton butchers shop DI Elliott is about to reopen.
The Elliott family business will retake its place in the village when the doors open for the first time on Thursday, January 9.
The shop has now been redesigned and fully refurbished with brand new equipment, finally banishing the spectre of last year’s dreadful flooding.
Grace Elliott, her son Dudley and daughter Katie Wells were forced to abandon the shop on December 22, 2012 after it was overwhelmed by a torrent of flood water that rose four feet high.
Community support saw some stock saved for its Christmas customers, but the damage to stock, equipment and the building ran into tens of thousands of pounds.
The family has always remained determined to reopen, but the process has been dogged by unexpected delays that held it up far longer than anyone had expected.
Now they hope as many customers old and new will join them for the grand reopening on January 9.
They have taken the opportunity to add a few extra products to their fresh meat range, including hot homemade pasties, eggs, butter, milk and cheese, as well as cooked ham and some essential groceries.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have been very supportive and helpful in our hour of need,” said Katie.
“A big thank you to our customers who have been very patient over the last 12 months.”