Family butchers back home

thisisoxfordshire: Matthew Alden, right, with Claudia Cifrodelli and Paul Jackson Buy this photo Matthew Alden, right, with Claudia Cifrodelli and Paul Jackson

THE latest generation of a historic Oxford family butchers has reopened his shop in its spiritual home at the heart of the Covered Market.

Matthew Alden, with Claudia Cifrodelli and Paul Jackson, opened the new Meatmaster cash and carry this week following in the footsteps of his ancestor Isaac Alden who opened on the same site in the 1790s.

Mr Alden, who is the sixth generation of the butchers’ family, said: “We are very excited. The market has got a lot of character and there is still a lot of trade to be had here.”

The shop will be supplied by the existing Meatmaster business in Osney Mead, which originally opened as a primarily trade outlet. Mr Alden said 95 per cent of customers are members of the public. A total of £200,000 has been spent refitting the shop, which used to be part of Haymans Fisheries run by Mr Alden’s father, Richard. Haymans will continue to trade next door.

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5:51pm Fri 31 Aug 12

xjohnx says...

I was introduced to the world of work (and the work ethic) by Aldens, back in the sixties.
Now retired, I wish the new (old?) shop every success!
I was introduced to the world of work (and the work ethic) by Aldens, back in the sixties. Now retired, I wish the new (old?) shop every success! xjohnx
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9:17pm Fri 31 Aug 12

Bogdan The MeerKat says...

Alden's are a multi million pound business so not the traditional family concern that OM like to portray.
Alden's are a multi million pound business so not the traditional family concern that OM like to portray. Bogdan The MeerKat
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10:40pm Fri 31 Aug 12

CowleyBoy says...

I worked at Aldens as a schoolboy in the late 90's. It certainly gave me an idea of what "hard work" was, that I could not have learnt in school.

If they wanted to get back to the tradition of the Market surely they could have restored its original name, rather than "Meatmaster", which sounds (and looks) like a characterless chain?
I worked at Aldens as a schoolboy in the late 90's. It certainly gave me an idea of what "hard work" was, that I could not have learnt in school. If they wanted to get back to the tradition of the Market surely they could have restored its original name, rather than "Meatmaster", which sounds (and looks) like a characterless chain? CowleyBoy
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9:37am Sat 1 Sep 12

jooly says...

With a huge rent increase for shops in the Covered Market, prepare yourself for more chain stores and fewer independents. Ox City Council's strategy is going to rip the character out of the Covered Market.
With a huge rent increase for shops in the Covered Market, prepare yourself for more chain stores and fewer independents. Ox City Council's strategy is going to rip the character out of the Covered Market. jooly
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