Two cousins have decided to combine their butchering experience and open their own halal meat shop in Derby.
Liaquat Khan and Ashfaq Hussain both have more than 35 years experience of working in a butchers and spotted the empty shop on Pear Tree Road as a potential business opportunity and decided to go for it.
Meat Market, in Pear Tree Road opened on Wednesday September 30 and will sell a range of halal meat including lamb, chicken, beef goat and fish.
The halal method requires the animal’s throat to be cut by a Muslim who firstly invokes the name of Allah.
It is designed to be a humane method of slaughter as approved by Islam. It ensures the animal is drained of blood, which Muslims are not permitted to consume.
The shop will be open seven days a week and Mr Khan is confident the shop will work and feels the location is perfect as they will get a lot of passing trade.
The 58-year-old, who lives in Derby said: “Me and my cousin bought the shop in April 2020 and always wanted to turn it into a meat shop as that’s all we know and it’s something we have a lot of experience in.
“We always wanted a family business and felt now is the right time to start our own.
“In the future we hope to take on some staff and do our bit to boost the economy of the city.
“We want to provide the people of Derby good quality products at reasonable rates and are looking forward to serving the people of Derby.
“The location is perfect for us and with it being a busy part of Derby we hope to get some passing trade as well as word of mouth to let people know we are here and ready to serve them.
“We have been open less than a week but are seeing more people coming through the door which is a good sign and I am confident this will continue.”