A POPULAR family butcher shop in Penarth which closed last year after almost 50 years of business is re-opening next week.

David Lush Butchers in Glebe Street closed its doors last spring after owner David Lush decided to shut down so he could care for his wife Maureen, who had just undergone open-heart surgery.

Mr Lush had first opened his business on the High Street in 1975, before relocating to Glebe Street in 1981.

And now his son Marcus is resurrecting it - operating the business from a timber-framed unit behind Penarth Heights.

Marcus said he had decided to open from the unit after rents in the town centre became too high.

“Mum and dad sold the business 18 months ago after 50 years in business. After covid things were quieter and dad thought the high street was on the decline.

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The butchers will operate from a cabin on a delivery basis. Picture: Marcus Lush

“A company approached my parents as they wanted to buy the business and me to run it, but after eight weeks I told them it wasn’t for me.

“After being approached by old customers in town, it gave me the idea to re-open from a timber framed unit.”

David Lush Butchers - renamed Lushy's - will re-open next week. Although it will not operate as a shop, the business will offer deliveries, with Marcus setting up a next-day delivery service.

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Lushys butchers will offer free delivery service of meat to customers under new business. Picture: Marcus Lush 

He added: “Last Christmas really did it for me, a customer called me up for a meat order, but I couldn’t do it anymore and it was the first Christmas without meat from us.

“I missed being part of the community and everything about being in the town, so when being approached by old customers in town that was the seed planted.

“After meeting with a friend, I had the opportunity to run a unit on their plot of land, I contacted my old suppliers, and they were over the moon that I am starting up the business again.”