A Mosman butcher who’s dedicated twenty years to serving the local community will relocate his business to the northern beaches after being refused a new lease.
Shane Chapman, from Shane’s Quality Butcher on Spofforth St, said he had been left “devastated” after the building owner would not agree to a new, long-term rental agreement.
Shane has served the people of Mosman and Cremorne for twenty years and said the decision to leave his shop was heart breaking.
A neighbouring barber shop and upstairs pilates studio at 37 Spofforth St have also been given their marching orders.
Shane’s last day of trade will be October 28.
“For the past 19 years, I have put everything into the business, and to be told I couldn’t secure a new long-term lease has gutted me,” he said.
Shane and wife Chelsea, along with son Tom have built up one of Sydney’s most successful “old style” Butchers.
“The current landlord would only offer a short, three-month deal, which would have seen me out at the end of the year.
“Of course, that kind of arrangement is untenable.”
Shane said the decision to leave Mosman was necessary “for the sake of my family and my business.”
“The only [rental] offer we received from the Landlord was after I told him I was vacating,” he said.
“An offer of a basic continuing [month-to-month] lease, with absolutely no long-term security, just wasn’t viable,” Shane said.
A lower north shore home delivery service will be available for customers twice a week, Shane says.
The 49-year-old has worked at the Spofforth St shop since 2004, when he was employed by Barry Collins, eventually purchasing the business in 2014 and making it his own alongside wife Chelsea and son Tom.
“The little shop front has been a Butcher for about 70 years, and over that time, not much has changed,” Shane said.