Former butcher back in business
BRAD Holloway is back. He owned and operated the popular Berties the Bargain Butcher in Lismore’s Farmers Charlies for 10 years before the ill-fated purchase of the complex by Sydney company Barrobay Investments a little over a year ago.
Unhappy with the new owners and a possible rent increase, he took the opportunity to sell the butchery to the new owners, as well as his Ballina shop to another buyer.
But when he heard the new owners had been placed in administration and the original owner was in the wings, Mr Holloway decided to make his own comeback.
“I always had one eye on the place, so as soon as the receiver had his foot in the door I was right behind him. I followed him to the desk and made an offer,” an obviously happy Mr Holloway said yesterday as he made the finishing touches ahead of Thursday’s reopening, this time under his name of Brad’s Butchers.
In a shock move Farmer Charlies was placed in administration in late May before original owner Barry Edmonds stepped into the breach – although this time he will leave the day-to-day running of the iconic store to his son, Stewart, and daughter-in-law Salina.
Still, having Mr Edmonds in the wings was good enough to entice Mr Holloway back into the trade he said he loves.
“I’ve been a butcher since I was 15 and I had always loved it, but things just weren’t right,” he said. “Now that Barry’s back things are right again and I’m back in with a passion.”